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The Paleo Diet …..Continued

The evidence

You don’t have to go far to read many differing opinions on the Paleo diet. This article is not exhaustive but hopefully gives a glimmer of where science and popular opinion meet.
The popular view is most people would benefit from a Paleo diet rich in plant and protein, but this could be said of other diets out there. First I do not like using the word diet but use it to reach a larger audience than some convoluted alternative.
Palaeolithic times were the best when it came to diet, or so some would believe, but that simply isn’t true there were more than one group of hunter gatherer around over 2.5 million years ago and we can’t just bunch them all up in to one convenient pot and suggest they all had the same food available, it is as untrue then as it would be today. People from different parts of the world eat very different foods (In spite of that stuff they serve at McDonalds)
Scientific research journals namely the scientific American and American Journal of Nutrition looked into the simple hunter gatherer food source and suggest we have gone barking up a non-existent tree.
That in fact the Paleo diet including bird, turtles, fish, plants, berries depended on where the humans roamed at that time.
According to The first article to examine the human diet in terms of evolution – New England Journal of Medicine in 1985. Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner looked at the evidence for diets of modern hunter-gatherers. They concluded that all food items were real foods that had not been processed. Those foods had a significantly higher nutrient content than foods produced through industrial and agricultural systems. They also concluded that an ancestral diet is not necessarily healthy, but should be a model for what is considered healthy.
Some hunter gatherers didn’t flourish due to a lack of food and were more stunted and lethargic depending on where they lived.
So The Paleo diet does make some difference, and is worth a try for those interested in maintaining meat as their source of protein.
I think the key with all of this ‘what can/cannot we eat’ debate is to look at a balance of physical activity alongside the consumption of the right types of food.
Reduce the rubbish like sugars and processed foods. Think of the impact a good walk even on a cloudy day has on the metabolism of these foods.
Remember we are in very different times so is meat and fish also living though very different environments today. Exposure to environmental contaminants we as therefore as humans more likely to enjoy happy fulfilled lives if we treat our bodies like a special friend.
• Consume in moderation
• Treat it to a variety of foods
• Engage in good gut health
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Resources-The first article to examine the human diet in terms of evolution – New England Journal of Medicine in 1985.
2015 review and meta-analysis by Manheimer et al, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,


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