The paleo diet (also known as the Paleolithic diet, Stone Age diet, hunter-gatherer diet and caveman diet) is based on consuming foods that are similar to what one would have eaten during the Paleolithic era - up to 2.5 million years ago.
The diet emerged from the thought that the modern diet is not genetically suited to the natural human body. Modern farming has really shaped the way people eat nowadays, including more foods that were not commonplace amongst our ancestors. According to the diet pioneers, this mismatch in diet and human anatomy plays a role in the increased rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other autoimmune diseases.
A paleo diet is typically centred around the consumption of lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. While avoiding foods like dairy, legumes, grains and processed food - which emerged as a result of more modern farming methods.
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Some scientific evidence along with anecdotal evidence from those who have been on the diet suggest paleo can help with the following:
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However, there are potential risks, such as consuming too much red meat which some studies show can help in the development of cardiovascular disease. Overall, most anecdotal evidence and reviews show great health benefits for those who follow the diet correctly.
In general, this diet can be good for anyone.
Those who have Type 2 Diabetes have seen particularly notable benefits from this diet. However, it is always important to do your research before beginning a diet to make sure that it is the right fit for you.