New findings blow up "Paleo" diet fad principles | 10/18/10

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Adherents to a popular fad called the "Paleo diet" say it is based on the fact that early man ate a meat-centered diet, and since cavemen were healthier than people today, then the Paleo diet is the "healthiest" diet for modern man.

Except new research shows the "Paleo" diet is based on fantasy.


The findings may also upset fans of the so-called Paleolithic diet, which follows earlier research that assumes early humans ate a meat-centered diet.

Also known as the "cave man diet," the regime frowns on carbohydrate-laden foods like bread and cereal, and modern-day adherents eat only lean meat, vegetables and fruit.

Now sit back and wait for the revised "reasoning" behind the Paleo fad diet.

Full article is available below via New York Times website.


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All I can say is this is very amusing. Wonder if they will revise their recommendations to include any grains at all. My best guess is no. ;-)


Veraveggie, I believe you may have missed the point of the article just ever so slightly:

"The findings, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal on Monday, indicate that Paleolithic Europeans ground down plant roots similar to potatoes to make flour, which was later whisked into dough."

Just because the article says the dreaded word 'bread', it doesn't mean we're talking about grains. If you read the above quote, you'll find that the article clearly specifies 'plant roots similar to potatoes'. Not bread baked using grains.

While potatoes are controversial in the paleo world, their exclusion is usually related to the reason for eating a paleo diet. Obviously, if your desire is to lose weight, excluding starchy root vegetables is recommended.


Tell that to Dr. McDougall, he advocates a high complex carbohydrate centered diet and has treated hundreds of patients successfully with weight issues, heart disease, diabetes, cancer ,etc.

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