The Paleo Problem

A very well written article by Brian St. Pierre of PrecisionNutrition who examines the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet.
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Unless you’ve been living in an actual cave, you’ve probably heard all about the Paleo – or “caveman” – diet. Maybe you’ve even tried it. A little meat here, some fresh veggies there. Perhaps going grain- or processed-food-free. It’s a cool idea that captures the imagination. But is it healthy? And does it work? That’s what we’ll explore in this article.

What we’ll cover

In this article, we’ll give you a definitive guide to the Paleo diet.

First:

  • We’ll define just what “Paleo” refers to.
  • We’ll explain what’s so special about hunter-gatherers.
  • We’ll review how and what ancestral-style eaters actually do.

Then, we’ll explore the ideas and evidence critically.

  • What does Paleo promise?
  • What evidence supports ancestral-style eating?
  • What might cause our chronic 21st century health problems?
  • Is the Paleo diet truly primal?
  • What does our GI tract tell us?

Finally, we’ll give you the all-important conclusion:

  • What should YOU do with all of this?

“Paleo” defined

The Paleo, or primal, diet is based on two central ideas.

  1. We adapted to eat particular kinds of foods.
  2. To stay healthy, strong, and fit — and avoid the chronic diseases of modernity — we need to eat like our ancestors.
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