Paleo Diet refers to the diet of Paleolithic Age; commonly called, the Stone Age. That was the age when processed foods never evolved; fresh natural foods were consumed. Hunting was the occupation; so naturally, food eaten was the meat of animals killed, vegetables grown around them etc. What we eat today is completely opposite of food of the Paleolithic Era. Food which we consume today is more processed, compared to the fresh natural food of Paleo.
Processed foods such as cereals, grains, dairy, refined sugar and salt are not part of Paleo Diet. Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, olive oil and grass-fed meat form part of this diet, encouraging dieters to fill up on eggs, fruit and vegetables. The idea of Paleo Diet is to eat foods that were available to humans during the Paleolithic era. We’ve evolved with these foods. That’s the reason our bodies are well accustomed to dealing with them. This diet plan omits anything that our ancestors wouldn’t have had access to, because these foods are said to put a strain on our digestive system.
Paleo dieters eat meat, eggs and fish, so they’re likely to get enough protein to satisfy the recommended daily intake. However, cutting out dairy – a primary source of calcium and vitamins B2, B12, zinc and phosphorus – could be problematic. Also, there’s concern over lack of whole grains in the diet plan. They’re excellent source of fibre but wholegrain can go a long way to aid healthy digestion. It is also good for managing blood glucose levels and cholesterol.
Paleo Diet could be really good for health I would say; as it excludes dairy, refined sugar and several form of carbohydrates. These Dieters don’t consume many of foods that contribute to weight gain. Simultaneously, they help cut out processed foods from diet, encouraging dieters to increase amount of fruit and vegetables they consume. Apart from weight loss, Paleo dieters have reported feeling more energetic. Critics say, Paleo Diet is another name for a restrictive diet. It may have short term results but doesn’t provide a balanced diet in the long term.
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