The Paleo diet is all about going back basics, ‘eating how our ancestors used to eat’, with the idea that it will complement our genetic make-up the most. Our ancestors never got cancers, diabetes, or heart attacks so that must mean that they were healthier and their diets were ideal right? But the truth is, they never lived long enough to get any of those diseases.
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Despite the emphasis on healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables and nuts, the main issue with the Paleo diet is the cutting out of dairy, grains, and legumes. Unless you have a specific intolerance to dairy, there’s no reason why it can’t be a part of your healthy lifestyle. Also, plant based proteins help with our digestion, energy levels, and overall health; with a Paleo style diet you would be eliminating all these. There is no legitimate reason to support this move.
The Paleo diet also doesn’t restrict the amount of red meat we should be eating. We all love a good juicy steak, but too much red meat has been associated with increased heart disease and the risk of some cancers.
All in all, there are definitely worse ways to eat than the Paleo diet, but there are also much better ways. If you choose to go Paleo instead of eating McDonald’s for dinner every night, you will probably be doing your body a favour. However, if you already have a healthy, balanced diet there’s no reason why you should cut out healthy foods from your diet, such as dairy and legumes, and increase your intake of less healthy foods such as red meat. When reading about Paleo, remember to take it all in with a grain of salt.