Diets

Debunking the Paleo Diet

There are many myths and misconceptions in the world of weight loss and nutrition. Diets, especially, suffer from misleading claims and unreasonable expectations. From the Cookie Diet to Gluten-Free diets, there are no shortages of hopeful and eager people looking for the next miracle menu that both tastes good and helps shed the pounds while providing the nutrition needed to stay healthy.

One of the hottest in the middle of 2014 is the Paleo Diet.

I met a woman at a recent meeting who runs a group here in the Sarasota area which supports eating food as our ancestors did back before agriculture. I became interested in this concept, having read some skepticism about it but didn't recall the details. The Paleo diet avoids dairy, beans, salt, refined sugar, and almost all grains. The diet is heavy on meats and encourages more fat and protein than many diets.

I haven't had a chance to talk to the woman I met about her group or the evidence she has for the diet's benefits, so I'm withholding judgement on her specific situation until I know more. But with a bit of research, as often turns out in the fad-and-fade pattern of diets, there are many myths and misconceptions where the Paleo Diet is concerned.

Christina Warinner studies diets and health of ancient people, and explores the foundational ideas of the Paleo Diet in a TEDxOU talk which took place in Norman, Oklahoma.