Theory Behind The Paleo Diet
The Paleolithic period (or old stone age) was quite a long time period in human evolutionary history, ranging from the period we have learned how to make use of stone tools about 2,6 million years ago up to 10. 000 BC.
On that period, we used to live as hunter-gatherers. Every single type of food we ingested was something we could find in nature.
The general theory behind the paleo eating plan is that we are genetically designed to eat the same foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors used to eat.
Since we only adopted farming about 12.000 years ago, our genome (and therefore our bodies) hasn’t yet adapted to thrive by using the most types of food we produce on a major scale. We’re still very similar to our ancestors although our environment has changed drastically.
Even though we adapted somewhat due the advent of agriculture by producing enzymes to break starch and dairy products, it is pretty clear that we certainly hadn’t the time to adapt to digesting factory-made major scale produced junk foods that dominate the western diet nowadays.
Modern Hunter-Gatherers are Exceptionally Healthy
A funny thing all of them have in common is the absence of the many modern diseases. Obesity, type II diabetes, acne, metabolic syndrome and even cancers are just completely unusual in these populations.
An even funnier thing is: when these populations decide to adopt a western diet including high amounts of sugar, refined grains along with vegetable oils, they simply quickly start suffering from the modern western diseases.
The bottom line is: western urban environment and diet are unnatural and harmful to our bodies.
Paleo Diet is Very Likely The Perfect Human Diet
I particularly believe that the paleo diet is pretty much as healthy as a diet can get.
It is based upon eating real, unprocessed foods like lean meats, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, healthy fats & oils, seeds along with sometimes tubers like potatoes or sweet potatoes.
I personally also like to include on my diet high-fat dairy products as butter, cream and cheese.
Alright, this was just the tip of the iceberg regarding the Paleo Diet. There are many resources you can consult on the internet if you would like to learn more about it.
A book I indicate on this subject is The Paleo Diet by the Dr. Loren Cordain. He is a professor on the department of health and exercise science inside the Colorado State University.
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