Living Healthy, Sickness Prevention

Is the Paleo Diet a legitimate nutritional alternative?

Over the past few years a new diet has emerged that is gaining adherents and also getting detractors. It’s called the Paleo Diet and it’s based on the diet habits that are thought to have been part of the paleolithic lifestyle. The paleolithic era began 2.5 million years ago and ended 20,000 years ago. It’s thought that the humans that lived during this time transformed their hunting and gathering, and improved their tool making abilities which in turn led to larger societies and greater longevity.
The paleo diet of modern men takes what is generally thought to be how primitive man ate. Vegetables & roots, fruits, and animal meat, with a notable absence of grain are the basis of the diet. Processed foods are out. How many cavemen ate artificially sweetened candy bars? All humor aside, the paleo diet does appear to work for many people. Numerous sites detail the modern paleo diet with several twists that make it fit within our American lifestyle. We’ve reviewed many and these two stand out:

One controversial component of paleo is a lack of grain in the diet. It’s thought that primitive men didn’t start cultivating and eating grain until rather recent times on the world timeline. Scientists have discovered evidence of grain in several european diets as long as 30,000 years ago which adds a point of contention to the argument. Please review “Did cavemen eat bread?” Discover Magazine 10/2010 for a long article with arguments from both sides of the debate.
This may be a passing fad in the US or it may gain more traction and become a way of life for more and more people. Time will tell if this, and other radical diets, have a place in our society that is filled with a growing population of obese members that are looking to improve their health with food.

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