The Paleo Diet is supposed to be the diet that resembles the way our ancestors used to eat.
It is based on eating mostly lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits and nuts, most of them in their natural state.
Nevertheless, this diet is the most controversial one: it has been ranked as one of the worst diets by a 2011 survey of experts, by US News and World Report and has also received a lot of criticism.
Nutritionists and doctors argue that the modern Paleo diet might pose health risks and does not accurately reflect the ancient Paleolithic diets. That is because this diet is very low in carbs, grains and dairies, which are all important for our health.
This diet is mostly based on eating meat, from which we are supposed to get almost all of our energy-calories. Therefore, its vegetarian alternative is quite poor in calories and will not provide enough energy. Anthropologists at the University of California, Berkeley, have also looked into the logic of this diet. According to them the modern humans should not adapt to the dietary conditions of the Paleolithic.
However, leaving all of the criticism aside, this diet has good parts too. One thing I’ve learnt in years of searching for the perfect diets is that there is almost no diet entirely wrong. The Paleo diet does have a few sound principles which we can all follow safely:
- No processed foods: since the motto of this diet is eating traditional foods, the processed ones are completely excluded, fact which can only bring benefits to our health;
- No beverages: the diet emphasizes on drinking lots of water, green tea and perhaps coconut water, which can only be beneficial for our bodies, since today’s beverages contain lots of added sugar and additives;
- Eat lots of seafood and fish: seafood and fish are great sources of essential fatty acids, like omega 3 and omega 6, which are vital for our health;
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits: this is the basis of any healthy diet. The Paleo diet promotes eating lots of raw vegetables and fruits, especially the wild ones, such as berries. Nuts are also recommended.
- Lean meats and eggs: these two are among the most important sources of protein for our bodies; avoid cooking them in oil or with high calorie dressings.
These are only a few of the advantages of this diet. To conclude, I believe that if we follow these simple principles and combine them with other diet tips and lots of exercise, the Paleo diet could turn out to be a great diet option.
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