The Paleo Diet. Oh so trendy. It sounds great in theory: we should all eat what our ancestors and cavemen ate 10,000 years ago.
1) If your version of the Paleo Diet basically means eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, great. That’s healthy. However, that is not a “diet”, it’s just a way of life and should be viewed that way. Rather than calling it the Paleo Diet, which is a marketing term, let’s call it healthy eating.
2) There is no way to eat exactly what your ancestors or cavemen ate. The food supply has just been tampered with too much. A tomato today is not the same as eating a tomato even 50 years ago. Plus, do we really know what ratio of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates cavemen ate? It probably just depended on what was available and varied drastically over time and location.
3) There is no single “paleo” diet. 10,000 years ago, if you lived near water you ate fish. If you lived in a tropical forest you ate a lot of fruit. If you lived in Africa you ate more meat. Again, all varied.
4) In the new marketing scheme of the “paleo” diet, we are now seeing paleo bars, paleo cookies, paleo shakes, etc. The ingredients in any packaged food in no way resemble anything our ancestors ate. This is pure marketing.
We cannot possibly eat exactly the way our ancestors ate, and there’s not a whole lot of evidence to suggest exactly how they even ate or that we all should eat like that. We do know what foods in today’s food supply are healthy and good for us: as stated above, abundant consumption of fruits and vegetables, and moderate consumption of whole grains and lean meats and fish. I’m all for healthy eating for life. It needs no label beyond that.