Saturday, December 29, 2018

Unbiased Diet Review: Paleo Diet

What is the Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet is a diet that is based on the consumption of foods that have only existed during the Paleolithic era. These include foods like meat, vegetables, eggs, fish, fruits, etc. People who do this diet are supportive of the idea that humans were meant to eat what their ancestors ate based on evolutionary principles. 

One of the pros of going paleo is that you are completely eliminate processed foods. There has been evidence that the Paleo Diet is has been beneficial in helping with Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease(1). There is also the fact that non-processed foods are less calorically dense therefore leads to less calorie intake which can be good for weight loss(1). Overconsumption of processed foods has been linked to an increased risk of cancer(2). So by eliminating processed foods from your diet, you are decreasing your risk of cancer. Not to mention that you can't eat fast food on the Paleo diet, which ultimately leads to less of a risk of obesity. A study in the state of Michigan showed a high association between eating fast food and obesity(3).  So there is strong evidence of the benefits of this diet for weight loss and overall health. 

So one of the biggest cons of this diet is the lack of research on it(4). More research needs to be done before people start promoting the health benefits of this diet. Also, it is ridiculously hard to stick to as it is very restrictive. We live in a world full of processed foods. We are not cavemen anymore and we have adapted to a world where most of the food we eat is processed. In fact, 70% of the average American diet is processed foods(5). With how restrictive this diet is, it does not seem to be sustainable long term. I mean if you think about it, how realistic is it to eat only foods that cavemen ate. It does not seem to fit a modern lifestyle. 

So overall, the pros of the Paleo diet are the health benefits that come with eliminating processed foods including decreasing the risk of cancer, diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The cons of the Paleo diet are the lack of research on it, and how unrealistic and unsustainable it is. Overall, it takes a lot of discipline to stick to a diet like this. I have a lot of respect for people who can do this diet. 


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