Q. I’ve heard a lot about the Paleo diet. Is it something I should try or is it just another fad? Charlotte, 27
A. The Paleo diet or Caveman diet is not a fad diet, in fact it is a very healthy diet. Clinical trials have shown that the Paleo Diet can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, aid weight loss, reduce acne, and promote athletic performance. That’s because a diet rich in lean protein and plant foods contains fibre, protein, and fluids that work together to satisfy, control blood sugar, and prevent weight gain. Today’s typical Western diet is the reason for the epidemic levels of obesity, heart disease and diabetes among other things.
Some people have adapted to a broader diet including whole grains, dairy, and legumes which you do not find in the Paleo diet. And even though grains and dairy seem healthful, these foods can cause inflammation and promote disease. You may not need to eat this way or follow the diet all the time. Eating like our ancestors 80 per cent of the time offers health benefits. Trying the diet for two weeks to see if you feel better on the plan is worth it.
The plan also encourages people to be physically active on a regular basis. After all, hunter-gathers had active daily lives.
I believe that eliminating all grains, dairy, processed foods, sugar, and more will most likely lead to weight loss. But it may be tough to follow this plan long-term due to the diet’s strict nature. - HALA
Hala Barghout BSc Nutrition and Dietetics. Hala will sort out the facts from the fads.