Paleo Diet – aka Paleolithic Diet

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Medical Rewind

Be sure to listen to Medical Rewind with Dr. Rashid Buttar and Robert Scott Bell as they discuss the article below in detail.   Listen to the Monday, June 4th show.    


What is a Paleo Diet? 

A Paleo diet, also known as paleolithic diet or caveman diet, is all about natural foods to help achieve great health and a perfect physique. The human body evolved for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts. The human race was thriving on this diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, but things changed when we introduced unnatural foods to our bodies.

Put simply, the Paleo diet is not just a diet that you follow to achieve a specific goal, but more a way of living in harmony with nature and our food to achieve great health in every aspect.

Our society has become detached to the food we’ve been eating in nature for millions of years that has allowed us to become a highly evolved species.

We call this diet the paleo diet because it includes the food that was available to us for most of our evolution during the paleolithic era, starting about 2.5 millions of years ago. The idea is that our genes and physiology evolved through the process of natural selection and are most adapted to be nourished with the food that we evolved around. That includes the whole spectrum of animal food (beef, fish, shellfish, poultry, pork, lamb, bison, …) including their fat and organs as well as eggs, vegetables and limited amounts of fruits and nuts.

On the opposite side, some of the foods that we started eating in large quantity since the beginning of the agricultural revolution about 10,000 years ago are completely alien to our genes and metabolism and wreak havoc in our body, often causing what we call the metabolic syndrome or diseases of civilization. That includes obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and a host of other conditions that were unknown to our ancestors while plaguing us today.

Some of the worst offenders in today’s diet are what’s actually recommended by governments and nutritionists because bad science and economic agendas have demonized things like saturated fat, cholesterol and red meat over the last decades. What we should really be eliminating in our diet are grain products, excess sugar, vegetable oils, legumes and dairy, some of which are at the very basis of the US food pyramid.

The Paleo diet and lifestyle is not just based on imitating what our ancestors did, but also on real non-biased science and evidence. The habits of our healthy ancestors give us a good framework to study deeper and to try and find what our food really does to our bodies and how to live the longest and most vibrant lives.

Your body will thank you

What would you say about melting fat away without even thinking about it? Building muscle, staying healthy and sick-free all the time, feeling constant energy or develop that six-pack you always wanted? Too good to be true? The truth about the relation between the food you eat and your health and physique might surprise you!