The Problem with the Paleo—It’s a Devil’s Bargain
So what’s wrong with all the Paleo diets being promoted today?
For one thing, our early ancestors didn’t eat just meat. Up to 80 percent of their diet was actually plants. And it was these plants and the ability to cook starches and root vegetables that caused the great explosion in human growth and brain size.
Next, it’s estimated that the animal that would most resemble those eaten by Paleo types would be the antelope, whose flesh contains about 5 percent fat, hardly any of it saturated fat, and no added hormones or antibiotics—that’s far different from the animals those Paleo-pretenders eat today.
To defend their lifestyle, the Paleo camp will often throw in the side argument that whole grains weren’t part of the human diet in 100,000 B.C. Well, neither were many other wonderful and healthful plants such as broccoli, artichokes, lettuce, grapefruit, and most of the other fruits and vegetables we love today. And since countless studies have shown that increased consumption of whole grains is related to increased longevity and decreased obesity and heart disease, it’s hard to argue against eating grains.
Want to learn more? Watch and Listen to this important PLANTSTRONG Podcast episode with Dr. Michael Klaper on why the Paleo Diet is “The Devil’s Bargain”