Are we returning to our ancient ancestors way of eating? Internet search trends and the enormous traction the caveman diet has gained over the last decade (especially the last couple of years) might suggest so. The paleo diet was the most googled diet of 2013, and many strength trainees, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and even housewives and folks who previously weren’t especially interested in nutrition and health now swear by the paleo diet as a way to build a strong, fit, and healthy body. However, not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon; with the amount of mainstream attention and popularity of the paleo diet, criticism and controversy are also inevitable. This surge in negative press and articles out to debunk the paleo diet has been especially apparent over the last couple of months, and it even seems that we’re heading to a place where it’s cool to lash out against the very idea of eating like our hunter-gatherer ancestors. This criticism probably stems from the fact that the paleo diet goes against most conventional dietary wisdom, and that most people aren’t ready to give up grains, milk, and other common staple foods in the western diet and therefore rather mock the very idea of eating like our “simple-minded” prehistoric ancestors. This is not going to be one of those articles. I see no point in “bashing” a diet that focuses on eating nutritious whole foods (often organic, grass-fed, etc.). However, there are some limitations and flaws of the paleo diet philosophy, and in this article I’m going to take a deeper look at one of the basic premises of the paleo diet; the idea that our genome hasn’t fully adapted to foods introduced after the agricultural revolution (sometimes characterized as neolithic foods) and that we therefore should eat the foods our paleolithic ancestors ate if we want to optimize health and gene expression.
The Unexpected Flaw of the Paleo Diet Philosophy
May 5, 2014 by