Paleolithic Diet? Just Another Name for Eating Whole Food
Monday, November 16, 2009 at 5:00PM
Mike Dillman in Natural health advice, advice, diet, eating, food, health, nutrition, paleo, paleolithics, raw, vegan, whole

Today, I was flipping through a stack of old newspaper articles and found something interesting; an article titled: "What cavemen can teach us about good eats.  Pre-agriculture diet of wild meat and plants more healthy." 

The article explains how, until the rise of agriculture, the human diet consisted of fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, roots and wild meat, with absolutely no processed foods or chemical additives.  Plants grew in nutrient-rich soil and animals grazed naturally, without hormone injections and pesticide residues.  The article used the term, "Paleolithic eating", and defined it as:

...choosing only foods (or types of foods) that were available on Earth before the advent of agriculture.  That means sticking to a diet of fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and tubers (root vegetables), while eschewing [avoiding] grains, dairy and all processed foods.

The story goes on to explain how Swedish researchers found such a diet improved the health of the participants in their study; for example, lowering blood pressure, increasing the body's control of blood sugar, lowering triglycerides (fat levels) in the blood stream, and aiding in the loss of excess bodyfat. 

Humans have evolved over the last 2-3 million years to eat fresh, whole foods.  Considering that, it shouldn't be surprising that naturalizing our diet back in the direction it came from will do us some good.  This is something you and I are already wise to. 

Something new to me, however, was the use of the term "paleolithic diet."  Until I saw this article, I'd never heard anyone use this phrase.  Call it what you will.  A paleolithic diet, a whole foods diet, or drop the meat and eggs and call it a raw-vegan diet. 

The name isn't what's important.  What's important is the understanding that fresh, whole, unprocessed foods are precisely what our bodies are suited to thrive on.  It's nice to start seeing some mainstream media sources paying this a little lip service. 

Note: The original newspaper article which I've referred to above is no longer available via the publisher's website. (Aug.21, 2016)


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