Is the paleo diet healthy? Here’s everything you need to know
At first glance, the paleo diet may sound ideal for meat lovers. Versions of the diet are called the caveman diet or the paleolithic diet because you’re supposed to be eating foods that were available to our prehistoric ancestors. Think things that can be hunted and gathered like meat, produce and nuts. You’ll avoid foods like dairy and grains that humans started eating after agriculture and manufacturing came to be.
But carnivores beware. Dietitians say just because steak and eggs are allowed, doesn’t mean you should be loading up on meat all day long at every meal. Here is what you need to know:
What is the paleo diet?
The term paleo diet was coined by Loren Cordain in his 2002 diet book, “The Paleo Diet” (a revised edition of the book was published in 2010). It is based on paleolithic nutrition theory, which posits a lot of chronic disease (like cancer and heart problems) became more common after the advent of agriculture and the industrial revolution, according to anthropologic evidence.
What does the research say about the paleo diet?
The science on the topic is murky at best.
While some studies do show people can reap some health benefits by switching to a paleo-style diet, researchers say the jury is still out on whether those benefits are any better than switching to other healthy diets that have been more thoroughly researched.