Paleo diet

For many people the new year represents an occasion to set the clock back to zero and have a fresh start. We invariably eat too much during the festive season, only later to feel remorse for our gluttonous ways. With another new year comes the renewed goal of losing some of the recently acquired extra padding. There are no end of miraculous sounding diets which promise to convert fat to flat. Among the various in vogue diets is the Paleo diet (short for Paleolithic diet), also known as the caveman diet. The central premise behind the Paleo diet is that many human adaptations evolved during the Palaeolithic, and as such, we are maladapted to the modern world in which we find ourselves.

The premises of the Paleo diet raise some interesting questions that are well worth exploring. For instance, are we really better adapted to the Palaeolithic than the modern era and which aspects of the Palaeolithic does the Paleo diet reference? Many proponents ask the question “who ever heard of a fat caveman?”, as if the answer is somehow inferred. While it is seems be the case that the average Palaeolithic human had a brawnier body than the average modern human, we should not confuse correlation with causation. A better question to ask is whether the “caveman” physique is due solely to diet or are there other factors at play? Read More...