There are several diets out there that each claim to accomplish different things and offer their own unique benefits besides weight loss.
One diet that has people talking is the Paleo diet, a style of eating that is said to mimic how early humans consumed food.
This diet mainly consists of meat, fish, vegetables and fruits, and excludes foods that modern humans would eat, i.e. food that has to be processed such as dairy and grain products like bread and baked goods. Basically, anything processed isn’t included.
This diet, like most, is equally supported as it is criticized. It is supported because the train of thought is that eating natural foods in its most basic state is the best for your body because it works with our genetics, just like it did for our ancestors, and feed our bodies to make us strong, lean and full of energy.
This is opposed to the modern diet which is chock-full of processed and refined foods that’s full of trans fats, sugar and chemicals. North American obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease rates are at an all-time high, and these types of foods, and less physical activity are the reason why.
The Paleo diet means you are consuming lean proteins that support strong muscles and healthy bones, optimal immune function. Fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats from nuts seeds, olive and fish oil provides essential Omega-3 fats which helps decrease diseases like cancer and diabetes, while boosting brain function.
While this sounds perfectly logical, skeptics of this diet say that while this diet is supposed to mimic the foods our ancestors gathered, the problem is that this diet today is probably nothing like the food our ancestors ate. For example, our “meat” of today is raised differently, fed artificial diets or grass, grains and fed hormones and antibiotics, and nothing like the meat our ancestors would have consumed.
Also, eating whole grains and legumes, for those who don’t have Celiac Disease, actually improves our health and are an important source of protein and nutrients for everyone, especially vegetarians and vegans.
While there are both benefits and detriments to the Paleo diet, your best bet is to eat healthy balanced meals, eat processed foods in moderation if you have to, and live an active lifestyle.