Food for Thought: once good, Paleo Diet now bad, maybe

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Back in the day, and that would be waaay back in the day, cave persons had pretty simple diets: meat, veggies, fruits, nuts,

And anything that didn’t eat them first.

Today, we call this the Paleo Diet.

It’s basically a diet of low-carb and high-fat foods.

Foods such as grass-produced meat that walks on the land, meat that swims in the water, fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, nuts, and oils like olive oil and coconut oil, my favorite.

No-no foods on the Paleo Diet include lots of good stuff, like cereal grains, beans and peanuts, dairy products, refined sugar, potatoes, processed food, salt, and refined oils.

Refined oils have been processed using chemicals. They ain’t natural, in other words, oils like canola oil, vegetable oil (which is usually made out of soybeans), soy bean oil, of course, safflower, corn, and or any buttery spread like margarine.

But apparently we can forget all about that because Australian researchers now say the Paleo Diet and other so-called fad diets are bad.

Their findings in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes suggest the Paleo Diet could lead to rapid weight gain and increased susceptibility to diabetes for those with pre-diabetes or who have the disease.

After eight weeks of study, mice on the paleo diet gained weight, had higher insulin levels, and a lowered glucose tolerance.

Those mice ended up gaining 15 percent of their body weight and saw their fat mass double from two percent to four percent.

Moving from mice to men, the researchers say this weight gain in mice is the same as 33 pounds in people in just two months.

People aren’t mice, and we all respond differently to diets. What works for some may not work for others, but it’s always good to have food for thought.

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