Paleolithic diet

There are so many diets out there today that people have tried. Many of us are constantly looking for the next new diet that can help us lose weight, feel better and look great. Some of the diets work and some of the diets do not. Many of the diets are completely for advertisement and make someone really rich but do nothing for us while others actually do hold a lot of value and benefit many people.

There is a diet that a lot of people may not have heard about but brings us back to the days before fast food was invented and many of the foods we eat today were even thought of. This is the Paleolithic diet. This diet dates back to the times of cave men. This is why it has also been referred to as the cave man diet, the stone-age diet and even the hunter-gatherer diet.

The reason this diet is referred to as the cave man diet is because research has been done to determine exactly how the first people on the planet were able to survive. We know that in the beginning of time there were no stoves or ovens, no microwaves or food processors so therefore we know that the diet that was originally consumed was either grown straight from the ground or killed by a hunter.

Foods that must be cooked in order to consume were not eaten by these people. Later on when fire was discovered the diets of the people began to change. Foods that were otherwise considered toxic or were inedible in raw form started becoming edible and digested by many. But this was not discovered until after the Paleolithic stage.

There are many foods that are all natural that you may think would be part of the Paleolithic diet but you may be surprised to learn that many of the common foods we eat today were not part of the original diet of our distant ancestors. For starters, foods such as the potato and all forms of bean were not consumed. This is because in raw form these plant foods can be considered toxic. Grains were also not part of the original diet, this is because they need to be cooked in order to eat and be made into other foods that we now enjoy such as breads and pasta. Dairy was also not part of the diet since it was not until much later when the people become aware of using another mammal’s milk for nutrition.

The Paleolithic diet consists of eating foods such as meat, chicken and fish. Also eggs, vegetables other than potatoes and sweet potatoes, fruits and nuts (excluding peanuts and cashews) were used as staples in their diet.

Now this diet is very controversial since many do not agree that this offers the best possible nutrition we can have. Yes, this diet does eliminate many of the artery clogging fats that we consume today, as well as un-natural forms of sugar and sodium. However many people argue that eating dairy products, potatoes, grains and beans are extremely good for our health. Many people who are supporters of this diet believe that cave men did not die of the same types of diseases that people die from today. Diseases like cancers, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and many others are all new and derive from the toxic foods we pollute our bodies with today.

As with any diet there will be many supporters and many who disagree with the method. This is why it is important to do your own research about any diet you are thinking of trying to ensure you get all your vitamins and nutrients that are important for your own survival.

Last updated on Apr 18th, 2010 and filed under Healthy Eating. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses for “Paleolithic diet”

  1. Don Wiss says:

    A nice introduction to the diet, except that eating fats is not artery clogging. If you believe in that you are believing in the lipid hypothesis. First step to optimum heath: realize that lipid hypothesis is a fraud. Many books out there on this. Best is Gary Taubes’s “Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health.”

    Not everyone agrees on the nuances of the paleo diet. This page has a core definition and lists variations: http://paleodiet.com/definition.htm

  2. Zack says:

    Processed dairy shouldn’t be consumed on the paleo diet, although you could hold some leniency towards raw milk from grass fed cows. The preparation of food will determine the quality of the nutrition, most supermarket milk is from cows who are pumped full of antibiotics and fed grains (not their natural food source and in turn causes many health problems), then the milk is processed in high heats removing all beneficial bacteria and enzymes.

    Potatoes don’t hold much nutritional balue and have a very high GI, which is why they should be avoided on paleo, or substituted for sweet potatoes because they hold a higher nutritional value, and the high GI can benefit health when consumed at the right times.

    The paleo cookbooks ( http://www.paleocookbook.com ) have great recipes for people wanting to follow paleo. You will find eliminating dairy, potatoes, grains and sweets to be pretty easy when you have good recipes to run off.

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