Should You Do the Paleo Diet?
Last year, the Paleo diet became wildly popular. But does this diet deserve our attention, or should it stay a thing of the past?
Here’s what you should know about the Paleo diet.
No processed foods
Good things don’t come in any packages. If it’s a processed food, avoid it. They’re less nutritious and contain ingredients you can’t pronounce, which is generally not a good thing.
No extra carbs
You’ll avoid added sugars, flour and extra carbohydrates. If the carbs don’t come from a fruit or vegetable, they belong in your diet.
No extra salt
See above. Breads, baked goods and processed foods are loaded with unhealthy levels of salt.
Fruits and vegetables
The freedom to eat delicious fruits and vegetables. Berries and root vegetables were high on the caveman’s list, so it’s on yours too. Enjoy.
You’ll get more omega-3 fats and less saturated fat. The diet only allows for wild game, wild-caught fish or farm animals that have been free-range and grass-fed thus incorporating healthier fats into your meals.
Some healthy foods are off the menu
Legumes (lentils, split peas) and beans are not included because weren’t part of a cave person’s diet even though they’re high in nutrients, healthy fiber and inexpensive protein.
Dairy products are not allowed
One of the easiest sources of calcium, Vitamin D and protein, you might find yourself deficient in these staples.
Wild caught salmon and grass fed beef come at a premium, so be prepared to spend more on your grocery budget.