How Safe Is The Paleo diet? Discover The Truth
The Paleo Diet has recently gained tremendous popularity around the world. The idea of eating what our ancestors ate because our bodies have adapted to that sounds logical. Also, the diet has proven to be effective and helped lots of people get in shape or overcome diseases.
However is it completely safe? This is a question being asked by a lot of people of late especially the ones who do not buy the premise on which the diet is based. As it turns out, they may be right. The evolutionary arguments do not hold up to detailed scientific scrutiny. As it turns out, different early humans had wildly varying diets. Their consolidation into one single diet regime is virtually impossible. Also, the scientific evidence available does not indicate that our ancestors ate the types of foods the Paleo Diet assumes they did.
Also, there isn’t solid scientific evidence yet to prove that the exclusion of dairy products may be beneficial to humans, except if you are lactose intolerant. Although the Paleo Diet recommends this, there is no solid reason given to justify it apart from the fact that humans are the only species that consume the milk of other animals. Does it necessarily mean that it is not good or nutritious for us? Classical bio-sciences still recommend it as a good source of calcium and minerals.
Grains & legumes
The other issue is the exclusion of grains and legumes. Legumes are an important source of nutrients especially for young kids and it is included in almost all other recommended diets. While grains are usually not considered healthy unless you are consuming whole grains, legumes are a good source of plant protein.
There are also concerns that a non-customized ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet with a strict ‘allowed’ and ‘not allowed’, like the Paleo Diet, is not suitable for the entire population. Some people may need some nutrients such as carbs or proteins more than others, depending on height, weight, age etc. It does not work for all people in the same way. Also, most people may follow it for a few months, or a year but not for decades or the entire life of a human.
In terms of health, the Paleo Diet when followed strictly, could increase lipids in your body such as low-density lipoprotein or LDL and cholesterol which could raise chances of heart disease. Also, a lack of calcium, resulting from avoiding dairy products, may increase the risk of diseases like osteoporosis, rickets, and even skeletal fractures. Also, medical supervision is highly recommended for people on the Paleo diet who have heart, liver, kidney or pancreatic diseases.