The Paleo Diet consists of the foods eaten during the Paleolithic Era. Many believe that the dietary shift directly after this era was detrimental to the wellbeing of Mankind, however, the Paleo Diet, like all diets, possesses advantages and disadvantages.
The Paleo Diet’s notion of excluding Starches may reduce Diabetes and Obesity. According to Livestrong.com, consumption of starchy foods, such as grains, causes fluctuations in blood sugar. These fluctuations are a contributing factor to food cravings and overeating. Moreover, “if you have prediabetes, diabetes or reactive hypoglycemia, eating starchy foods can exacerbate your blood sugar roller coaster and make it more difficult to manage your condition.” The Paleo Diet adheres to the Discordance Hypothesis, the belief that the Human body is “genetically mismatched” to the agricultural practices of the consumption of grains and legumes. Nutritionist believe that the consumption of grains, legumes, and dairy has lead to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
Recent studies may reveal that our concept of the Paleolithic diet is altogether wrong. According to the Guardian.com, the New Zealand Nutritionist, Jamie Scott, who created the Paleo Diet is removing himself from what the “movement has become.” Recent studies demonstrate that more fat is lost on a low-fat diet than a low carb diet. Moreover, the University of Chicago’s Quarterly review has found that “carbohydrates played an essential role in the developing of bigger brains. A high-functioning human brain needs lots of glucose, which carbs provide.”
The evidence is lacking that supports the long-term benefit of the Paleo Diet, there’s been a dearth of clinical studies. The Paleo diet may be beneficiary for short-term weight loss, but unforeseen dangers may reveal themselves in the long run. Much like the Miami Diet, the Paleo Diet isn’t intended for perpetual use.
Our concept of the Paleolithic diet may be askew. Geography causes limitations in food resources and diet. There were populations that subsided off bugs during the Paleolithic and Neolithic Era and those that gathered berries or hunted large game. Moreover, some archaeologists believe that Mankind practiced agricultural practices well into the Paleolithic Era.