An article from GreenMedInfo.com presents some thought-provoking ideas about the Paleo diet. Should we implement the eating patterns of our ancestors to eat more of a "natural diet?" So much can be said for the choices that people make when it comes to their daily eating habits such as are they truly gluten-intolerant or are they allergic to nuts or do they avoid certain foods because of their culture/religion? But, as this article indicates, trying to eat foods in a more natural state has got to beat the Standard American Diet (SAD) of today that contains so much sugar, preservatives, unhealthy fats and processed foods. Where does one draw the line?
I particularly like the point made in the article about how we as humans are omnivores -- we have the capacity to eat a wide range of foods and as Kristen Gremillion, associate professor of anthropology points out, "rather than trying to base a healthy diet on what we think people used to eat thousands of years ago, it would probably make more sense to look at our nutritional requirements today and find the best way to meet them."
In keeping with today's nutritional requirements, its ultimately key to look at a diet such as this one and perhaps implement parts of it -- not all. While this diet does focus on vegetables and lean meat, it also eliminates other food groups like dairy and grains. The elimination of these food groups is quite controversial by many health experts because there is such a risk of losing important nutrients that our bodies need.
What happens if you eliminate dairy? The risk of improving bone health for one. By eliminating dairy from one's diet, there is a much higher risk of getting osteoporosis. Also if dairy is eliminated during childhood, important bone mass is interrupted and not getting enough nourishment can lead to disease.
Another importance of having dairy? Dairy helps with the reduction of cardiovascular disease, lowering blood pressure in adults and the disease which is so common now -- type 2 diabetes.
What happens if you eliminate grains?
Grains give us plenty of nutrients, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins. The fiber can help in reducing blood cholesterol levels as well as reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes among many other things. Whole grains give us important minerals that are used for bone maintenance as well as giving us a better chance of having a healthy immune system.
The Raw Food Diet
Is going Paleo or "eating raw" a way for us to evolve? Not necessarily. Why can't we undergo gradual change by eating sensibly? What do you think?
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