The Paleo Diet Explained

Dr. Loren Cordain, the foremost researcher on diet and nutrition has written several books and published countless papers on the topic of the Paleo Diet.  His central premise is that our diet should be based on foods similar to those of our ancestors from the Paleolithic Era some 2.5 million years ago.

All humans began as hunter/gatherers.  All food consumed was either foraged or hunted. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  As well as meats and fish. Grains were rarely consumed and it was not until the industrial revolution millions of years later that processed foods became a part of the human diet.

The Paleo Diet mimics the four basic foods eaten by our ancestors:

Meats

Fish

Vegetables

Fruit

It eliminates the following food groups:

Cereal/Grains

Dairy Products

Refined Sugars

Vegetable Oils

These are the same four foods found in virtually all processed foods. Dr. Cordains research has found that Americans and Europeans both consume approximately 70 percent of their calories from processed foods.  Even the foods traditionally considered healthy.

The Paleo Diet emphasises the restricition or total elimination of most if not all of the above foods, and focuses on fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, grass fed meats and seafood and fish which are the foundation of the diet.

Dr. Cordain believes that nothing in nutrition makes sense without looking at evolution. The human genome was shaped by our stone age environment. Our bodies are not programmed to properly process grains, dairy or other refined sugars and processed foods.

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