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Paleo Diet

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Paleolithic age diet also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is based on our ancestors eating habits something like 2.5 million years ago. This diet, which was the way of life even much before agriculture was introduced to our ancestors, promotes consumption of whole foods that are healthy in their raw state. This diet was first popularized in the mid 1970s by a gastroenterologist named Walter L. Voegtlin. The premise of this diet is centred around that if we were to follow this primitive diet we will improve our personal health.

The Paleolithic diet consists of foods that can be hunted and fished, such as meat, offal and seafood, and can be gathered, such as eggs, insects, fruit, nuts, seeds, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and spices

According to certain proponents of the Paleolithic diet the nutrition break-up of the diet is as follows:56–65% of their food energy from animal foods and 36–45% from plant foods. They recommend a diet high in protein (19–35% energy) and relatively low in carbohydrates (22–40% energy), with a fat intake (28–58% energy).

Drawbacks of Paleo Diet
A very difficult diet to follow as it restricts the food intake of your regular favourite foods like legumes, pasta, breads and dairy. Initially the dieter will suffer fatigue, headaches and cravings but in a few weeks the body will acclimatize to the dietary change. This diet is mostly suitable for non-vegetarians due to the high protein intake. Special attention needs to be paid to calcium intake substitutes due to the restriction of dairy products n the diet.

Review of Paleo Diet
The initial few weeks of the diet are very tough but the body gets use to this routine easily post this period. Not conducive to vegetarians since the vegan protein sources like legumes and dairy products are restricted in the diet. Not practical to follow especially when eating out or attending other social occasions..

Note: Fitho does not endorse this diet.

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