General Health, Nutrition, Paleo, Weight Loss, Wellness

Arguments Against the Paleo Diet and It’s Nutritional Accuracy

The Paleo Diet has been raising arguments since its popularization a couple of years ago. Some experts have concerns about how well this diet can live up to its claims of a healthier, disease-free life. There is always a mention of its nutritional accuracy as well. The supporters of the Paleo diet believe that we should eat mostly animal protein and plants.

The problem with most low-carb diets such as the Paleo diet is that you are at risk of missing out on some essential nutrients. While the premise is on healthy foods, this diet has a few potential areas for false impression. Since it relies heavily on meat, we are uncertain if meat today is as lean as it was during the Paleolithic era.

Most farm-raised animals are stuffed with food and they aren’t given enough room to move around and results in fatty cuts of meat. If you are not careful with your choice of meats, you can easily raise your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, making you more vulnerable to heart disease. Particularly with factory farming practices and feeding animals grain based diets for fattening purposes (and often with GMO grains!), this is worth consideration.

Another concern raised by some people is that the ancient diet accounted to shorter lifespan. The average lifespan during that time was in the 20s. Pretty scary, right? This is one of the reasons why the Paleo diet seems unappealing to other people. It lacks some of the most important micronutrients, specifically vitamin D and calcium.

It is still unknown whether the caveman’s diet has a direct impact in controlling diabetes or for preventing cardiovascular diseases. However, so many people claim that they have never been healthier since switching to this diet. Before going for this diet, it’s important for you to have a clear understanding on how well it conforms to accepted dietary guidelines.

The recommended fat intake is 35% of daily calories. With the Paleo diet, you get an average of 39%. It’s not too bad but it’s something that you want to keep an eye on. For protein, you should aim for 10 to 35% but with the Paleo diet, you get around 38%. For carbohydrates, the government recommends 45 to 65%. That’s too high compared to what you’re getting from the Paleo diet which is only 23%.

If you are serious about switching to this diet, you may want to talk to your doctor first to make sure you won’t end up depriving yourself of essential nutrients that your body needs to function at its optimal level. Also, bear in mind, nutrition and healthy eating habits is often about hybridizing diet plans. My personal diet runs between paleo and raw food, and, I do consume organic dairy. This works well for me. Our nutritional needs vary person to person, and sometimes need to be modified to deal with issues like allergies, gluten intolerance and other factors.

For Paleo recipes, you can check out these great blogs: NomNomPaleo.com, PaleOMG.com, FastPaleo.com, PaleoPlan.com and Paleocupboard.com