Although I'm aware of the so called "Paleo diet", I've not read much detail. And as I suspected from the "get go", there is this: "The paleolithic diet is a controversial topic amongst some dietitians and anthropologists, and an article on the National Health Service of the United Kingdom Choices website refers to it as a fad diet. Critics have argued that if hunter-gatherer societies failed to suffer from "diseases of civilization", this was mostly due to reduced calories in their diet, shorter average lifespans, or a variety of other factors, rather than some special diet composition. Some researchers have taken issue with the accuracy of the diet's underlying evolutionary logic.
Also disputed are some dietary recommendations and restrictions on the grounds that they provide no health benefits or pose health risks and are not likely to accurately reflect the features of ancient Paleolithic diets.
A 2011 ranking by U.S. News & World Report, involving a panel of 22 experts, ranked the Paleo diet lowest of the 20 diets evaluated based on factors including health, weight-loss and ease of following. These results were repeated in the 2012 survey, in which the diet tied with the Dukan diet for the lowest ranking out of 25 diets; U.S. News & World Report stated that their experts "took issue with the diet on every measure". However, one expert involved in the ranking stated that a "true Paleo diet might be a great option: very lean, pure meats, lots of wild plants. The modern approximations… are far from it." He added that "duplicating such a regimen in modern times would be difficult."
Wellllll, no doubt meats and vegetables with absolutely no grain or potatoes or processed sugaars will cause weight loss in most people. But 1) I don't think it's necessary to completely abstain from grains, potatoes, etc., in order to eat healthy and maintain a good body weight with muscle mass and low body fat; 2) the anti-wheat (gluten) hysteria is waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy out of control (approx. 1% of the population has any measurable reaction to wheat, grains, gluten, etc) and 3) I'd like to know a little more from reliable sources about the anthropological/biological/genetic underpinnings of the Paleo diet.
Not flaming at all. Just questioning.
This post was edited on 2/8 at 9:24 am