Knotty Veneer wrote:I have serious doubts about the Paleo diet. I think there is a lot of cod science behind it.
The emphasis on meat is one thing that is likely anachronistic - our ancestors would have likely only eaten meat infrequently - too difficult to catch and expends too many calories. Hunter gather societies today do much more gathering than hunting.
One thing that the Paleo diet chooses to ignore/explain away is the importance starch plays in the human diet. Humans produce much more of the enzyme amylase (which breaks down starch) than any of our primate cousins. The human ability to process starch from seeds, grains etc. was a great evolutionary leap and allowed us to come out of the forest and, much later, to farm and store food in the form of grain.
A veggie form of the Paleo is probably more authentic but I'd be wary of your ability to get enough essential vitamins and even calories. For my money a wholefoods vegan diet with a good variety of fruit and veg, whole grains and legumes is about as healthy as you can get.
Any pictures I've seen of the founder of the Paleo diet Loren Cordain - he doesn't look too healthy. As in this video where he tries to waffle about why grains are bad
padma norbu wrote:Here is a direct link to a vegetarian vs paleo dieter after 30 years. Paleo wins.
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