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How Healthy—and Accurate—Is the Paleo Diet?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meat Paleo Diet Meat and vegetables are the centerpieces of the Paleo Diet, but the diet may not be a very accurate. (Copyright: Lisovskaya Natalia/Shutterstock)

The Paleo Diet, which is based on how our Paleolithic ancestors supposedly ate—lots of meat and vegetables, no grains, sugar or dairy—is hugely popular. Ann Gibbons examines anthropologists' critiques of the diet and reveals that it is based on some major misconceptions. In her article "The Evolution of Diet" in the September issue of National Geographic, Gibbons shows that meat was not as dominant a part of the Paleolithic diet as it is made out to be, and that "man the hunter" relied a great deal on "woman the forager." She applauds the Paleo Diet for steering people away from processed foods and toward local fruits and vegetables, but investigates whether it really is a healthier way to eat.

Comments [7]

Bill

Ms. Jacobson, There is no tomato on a Big Mac.

Aug. 28 2014 05:44 PM
/eric01 from NYC

Disappointed that you didn't have her on longer, esp. w/all the promotion of the segment in the morning. Perhaps you cld invited the author back soon. She sounded interesting. . .

Aug. 25 2014 04:42 PM
elise from teaneck, nj

Many people, like me, follow the diet because of serious health issues. My blood work confirms allergies to both diary and wheat. My diagnosis of RA, an auto-immune condition, makes following a diet free of foods that trigger the inflammatory response a wise option for managing my condition. Not everyone following these diets is looking for the newest fad. We are trying to manage our health and fill in the gaps that Western medicine leaves gaping in the quest for health.

Aug. 25 2014 03:19 PM
pinus from NJ

And what we should eat? More corn and wheat Doc?
Those hunters aren't finding anything because we are turning rainforest into fields of grain.
Why nobody mentions Paleo advocates for grass-fed, natural, pasture raise meat? Not mass produced junk?

Aug. 25 2014 01:06 PM
Michele Jacobson from Jersey City, New Jersey

Studies show that virtually ANY traditional diet of the world is superior to the Western Diet. Very,very interesting take on the topic of the paleo diet.

Michele Jacobson
Author of "Just Because You're An American Doesn't Mean You Have To Eat Like One!"

Aug. 25 2014 12:56 PM
Wayne johnson Ph.D. from Bk

The number 1 cause of Ebola transmittal is from Bush Meat.

Aug. 25 2014 12:52 PM
wayne johnson Ph.D. from Bk

If you want more heart disease, prostate and breast cancer and methane induced climate change the Paleo diet is perfect.

Aug. 25 2014 12:45 PM

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