Nutrition

The Myths Associated With Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet

Paleo diet has become quite popular over the past 3 decades, this diet is designed based on the belief that people having a diet similar to the one followed by cavemen may improve health and prevent several ‘diseases of affluence’.

What is a Paleo Diet?

Paleo DietThe contemporary “Paleo diet” tries to mimic the diet followed by cavemen, it predominantly consists of fish, lean meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Regular foods stuffs like grains, refined foods, processed foods, milk products, sugar and processed oils are avoided. It is based on the belief that our bodies are genetically coded to metabolize a paleo diet in a much better way than metabolizing the processed foods. Anything that is starchy or rich in carbohydrate is not allowed in this diet (this includes beans and legumes). This diet is one of the most efficient and healthy ways to lose weight, as the paleo diet is easy to metabolize.

Myths About Paleo Diet:

1) Average Age of Human During Paleolithic period was less

It is true that the average age of human was less during the paleolithic period, but they had a lot more diseases and did not have access to hospitals or latest drugs. Premature death happened due to various reasons like death during childbirth, battles, forest fires, animal attacks and so on. However they lived a healthy life and they had a healthier old age and were devoid of all the ‘diseases of affluence’.

2) High Saturated Fat in the Diet is Bad.

The Paleo diet is usually rich in saturated fats, despite popular vilification of saturated fats, there are no conclusive evidence that all saturated fats are bad for health. It is proven beyond doubt that Coconut oil which is  very rich in saturated fats is one of the healthiest oils, likewise organic butter is also healthier than highly unsaturated oils (as oils rich in polyunsaturated oils easily become rancid and are not ideal for cooking and frying).

3) Paleo Diet is Not Healthy as it Doesn’t have any Whole grain

While certain whole grains are healthy and are rich in nutrients and fiber, the fact is that grains have relatively lower nutrient density than fruits and vegetables. Grains also elevate the blood sugar levels and might lead to insulin resistance. Today a significant percent of the human population is allergic to gluten (present in wheat, rye and barley).

While whole grains will give us a good amount of fiber, we can get all the fiber from vegetables and fruits.

4) Paleo Diet may lead to calcium deficiency 

Green leafy vegetables have ample calcium, a paleo diet rich in green leafy vegetables and devoid of the anti-nutrients present in the processed foods is better for the bone health.

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