The Shocking Truth About the Paleo Diet

The Shocking Truth About the Paleo Diet

It’s known as the Paleolithic Diet or the Caveman Diet.


Type “paleo diet” into a search engine and you’ll get millions of results.

The celebrities are doing it.

Dr. Oz and maybe even your own doctor is talking about it.

It’s gone mainstream.

But, do you have all the facts?

The premise of the paleo diet is that if a caveman didn’t eat it 10,000 to 2.6 million years ago, you shouldn’t either.

Does that statement bother anybody else?

Or maybe its just me?

And I’m sure you’ve seen the images portraying our evolution, right?

From ape, to caveman to soda-drinking-obese-modern man!

The Shocking Truth About the Paleo Diet

OK, OK, I do agree that if you drink soda from cups that big you’ll definitely be overweight!

And it would also seem that we do suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before in recorded history.

I believe wholeheartedly that our food choices play a major role in this development.

But the fact that this whole way of eating is based on a society that supposedly evolved from apes just doesn’t sit right with me.

So, let’s dive a little deeper into the paleo diet.

The paleo diet focuses on:

  • grass-produced meats
  • fish/seafood
  • fresh fruits
  • fresh veggies
  • eggs
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • healthful oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
The paleo diet eliminates:

  • cereal grains
  • legumes (including peanuts)
  • dairy
  • refined sugar
  • potatoes
  • processed foods
  • salt
  • refined vegetables oils

The list of foods that the paleo diet focuses on is actually pretty good, albeit a few things short.

If you eat a variety of fish, seafood, fresh fruits, fresh veggies, eggs, nuts, seeds and healthful oils, you will do wonders for your health, your body and your waistline.

First and foremost, you aren’t eating junk!

Second, you’re eating whole foods which is always best!

Third, fish and seafood are awesome for us and they are usually missing in the American diet. (just be careful with mercury levels)

However, I don’t recommend eating a lot of beef, pork or chicken even if they are lean cuts or grass-produced.

The relatively high total fat, saturated fat, and calorie content of beef in comparison with many other foods is controversial.

Chicken is the world’s primary source of animal protein and a healthy alternative to red meat, but it isn’t mandatory in any diet.

And pork, the “other white meat”, just doesn’t sound good and many cultures don’t eat it for good reason.

And if you don’t eat a lot of meat or fish (or if you’re a vegetarian), then where do you get your protein?

That’s where the paleo diet seems to be missing a few things.

The paleo diet is missing a few things

In fact, what’s missing happens to be on the paleo diet elimination list.

I agree 100% with the paleo diet elimination of refined vegetable oils, processed foods, refined sugar and iodized table salt. (Himalayan pink sea salt is safe though!)

Eliminating them from your diet will help you fight obesity and 90% of diet related illnesses.

I highly recommend that EVERYONE eliminate these junk foods from their diet.

But what about grains?

Just because someone said a caveman didn’t eat grains doesn’t mean we shouldn’t!

Think of brown rice, buckwheat, couscous, and oatmeal.

These whole grains actually have a fair amount of protein and are a great source of carbs and fiber.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition underscores the importance of choosing whole grains such as brown rice to maintain a healthy body weight.

Not only did women who consumed more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who ate less of these fiber-rich foods, but those consuming the most dietary fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight.

Now that is REAL data not just a theory!

Then you have the “pseudograins”, amaranth and quinoa.

Both are actually seeds but are similar to grains in texture and flavor and also are complete proteins, containing all eight essential amino acids, and have high levels of fiber and minerals.

Why wouldn’t we want these grains and pseudograins in our diet?

And what about legumes?

Many public health organizations–including the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society–recommend legumes as a key food group for preventing disease and optimizing health.

The Shocking Truth About the Paleo Diet

Among all groups of food commonly eaten worldwide, no group has a more health-supportive mix of protein-plus-fiber than legumes.

Think of black beans, chickpeas, lentils and pinto beans.

From a single, one-cup serving of black beans you get nearly 15 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein.

You won’t find this outstanding protein-fiber combination in fruit, vegetables, grains, meats, dairy products, nuts and seeds, or seafood.

The almost magical protein-fiber combination in legumes—including black beans—explains important aspects of their health benefits for the digestive tract, the blood sugar regulatory system, and the cardiovascular system.

These foods are too important to your health to eliminate them from your diet!

Regardless whether you follow the caveman theory or not, it is CLEAR that the paleo diet is missing some key foods for complete nutrition and health benefits!

Of course, eliminating the processed and refined foods in our diet is a MUST.

But keeping a variety of natural protein and fiber sources like grains and legumes is also a MUST!

There you have it, The Shocking Truth About the Paleo Diet!

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What do you think?

Have you tried the Paleo Diet?

What was your experience?

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16 comments… add one
  • Jdfett February 20, 2013, 8:51 am

    Nutrition is definitely the key to success! Happy blogging wednesday!!

    • Lee Graves February 20, 2013, 3:51 pm

      So true!

  • Saare February 20, 2013, 8:56 am

    i am glad that I came across this article because I was thinking about Paleo. I am HAVING to eliminate Wheat because I am allergic to it and it breaks me out really bad. I just found out why. So I figured I might as well go paleo. However I will give up the wheat/whole grains so my face can clear up and maybe flatten my stomach more. But, I refuse to give up my beans! lol I have a bean fetish.

    • Lee Graves February 20, 2013, 3:54 pm

      LOL…a “bean fetish”! Too funny Saare. I’m totally for eliminating wheat/gluten (try at least 6 weeks and remember that the first 7-10 days you may feel worse) because there are other great grains and pseudograins to help us get protein, fiber and minerals! LET US KNOW HOW IT GOES!

  • Adrienne February 20, 2013, 6:04 pm

    Interesting read. I contemplated the Paleo diet at one point, but I didn’t totally agree with everything. I do find myself curious about it, though.

    • Lee Graves February 20, 2013, 7:21 pm

      Same here Adrienne! It was a curiosity of mine also. There are some great aspects of it, but it does need a little more balance. So what type of nutrition plan do you follow?

  • Jess Welch February 20, 2013, 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the info Lee! People need to know how important whole grains and protein are in living a healthy lifestyle. Just the whole premise of people WANTING to eat like cavemen bothers me. Cavemen were just weird lol!

    • Lee Graves February 20, 2013, 9:01 pm

      You’re welcome Jess! You are right about that, it is important to know. You aren’t alone the way you feel about the whole caveman thing 🙂

  • Tammy Fuller February 21, 2013, 12:56 am

    Thank you for the post. Clean eating all the way!

    • Lee Graves February 21, 2013, 9:50 am

      Amen to that Tammy!

  • The Practical Social Media University February 21, 2013, 4:39 am

    Very nice post you got here!Thanks for sharing.. Have a great Blogging Wednesday!

    • Lee Graves February 21, 2013, 9:51 am

      Thank you and you’re welcome!

  • Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness February 27, 2013, 12:02 pm

    I actually have eaten paleo for two years not because of any weight loss fad but because I have some whack food allergies (the only grains I can eat without issue are oats). i don’t follow it to a tee – I DO eat black beans occasionally and I eat Icelandic yogurt (higher protein than Greek and less additives). I also eat oatmeal. The way I see it, if it’s a lifestyle then there should be no problems tailoring it to my specific needs. Life in balance, right?

    • Lee Graves February 27, 2013, 12:36 pm

      It sounds like you did find a balance Rachel! And that is exactly what this information is about! Great job!

  • Alvin March 16, 2013, 2:20 pm

    You narrowed it down pretty simple. Loved it. I think I am a paleo guy.

    • Lee Graves March 16, 2013, 2:43 pm

      The Paleo diet does have some great aspects to it. But, by making slight adjustments, you’ll have a great nutrition plan!


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