Question: Is the Paleo diet just a trend or is it actually healthy?

I’m getting a lot of questions about diet lately, it seems. Well, a healthy diet is important!

The Paleo diet is based on non-processed foods, similar to what our ancestors would have eaten: meat, plants, some fruits,… However, it completely excludes dairy and some other important components of the modern diet that were discovered after our cavemen ancestors.

I have to admit that, as a doctor, I find it very difficult to keep my cool whenever friends tell me about their new “healthy” diet, especially the Paleo diet!

So let’s make it clear: the Paleo diet is a trend, not a healthy diet! There is a reason for the modern diet to be so varied. Now, I am not saying that you should eat processed foods. Rather, I am saying that today’s variety in food is necessary in order to live a long and healthy life. The Paleo diet lacks many vital vitamins and minerals.

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It’s all in the balance of the food we eat (yes, you will hear this over and over again!). If you look at the picture above, you will see that many of the necessary components of a healthy diet that I have previously mentioned, over and over again, are missing in the Paleo diet: beans & legumes, grains (especially whole-grains), and dairy!

it is also important to keep in mind that our ancestors (who ate a paleolithic diet) lived only a few decades (if at all), and one of the main reasons is their diet (other than being killed by predators and incurable diseases, of course). Similarly, even 100 years ago, the lifetime expectancy was 1/2 (really!!) of what it is today and it is mostly thanks to the nutritious food that we have available today that we live so long. So eat well, eat in moderation, and have a variety of foods in your diet. That’s it. It’s not a secret.

If you want to know more about the basics of eating healthy, go to my recent post what’s a healthy diet? and you’ll get more details about the necessary components of healthy meals.

Stay healthy ❤

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