The Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet plan, is based on the premise that we are genetically designed to eat the same kinds of foods our ancestors did thousands of years ago. This argument possibly makes a lot of sense considering that “the genetic profile of modern humans is virtually identical to that of our hunter-gatherer ancestors,” says Rachel Pitzker in the Meridians article “Caveman Cuisine–It’s Better for You.”
The author of the Caveman Diet plan–Loren Cordain, PhD, author of The Paleo Diet and Colorado State University professor— asserts that many of our modern diseases like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, heartburn, cancer and obesity can be attributed to our modern eating habits and returning back to the eating habits our ancestors followed before the beginning of agriculture can help us enjoy longer, healthier lives. The author also claims following his diet will help improve athletic performance and eliminate acne.
The Paleolithic Diet or Caveman diet consists of more protein, fewer carbohydrates and much less fat than today’s modern diet. Here are the main acceptable foods and unacceptable foods on the diet:
- Grass Fed Lean Meat
- Wild Fish
- Nuts from Trees
Probably the hardest part about the diet are the foods dieters should not eat:
- Most Dairy Products
- Processed Oils
In general, dieters should avoid grains and sugar, and this includes all processed foods. The only drinks allowed on the diet are coconut water, organic green tea and water.
The Caveman Diet also encourages exercise. After all, our ancestors lead very active lives seeking shelter, hunting and gathering food.
There is a lot of credible evidence and research that support the claims of Cordain’s diet; however, some experts argue there may be flaws in the evolutionary logic of the diet, and they also question the avoidance of grains and legumes.
“Diet Review: The Caveman Diet. WebMD.
Pitzker, Rachel. “Caveman Cuisine–It’s Better for You.” Meridians. Spring 2002, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p43.
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