You may have noticed that there has been a recent spike in the number of fad diets being promoted in the mainstream market. However, those that they call fads does have scientific truths behind them. Although, some consider them myths.
The Paleo diet is one of those fad diets that can still be argued to be either myth or the real deal.
Paleo is short for Paleolithic which pulled out from the Stone Age. The idea behind the diet is mimicking what humans from that age ate – whole, unprocessed foods, and by doing so, we are supposed to be able to become healthier and toxin-free.
Such mythical idea was backed up by Loren Cordrain, its creator. He explains that humans were genetically developed to consume the kinds of food that were eaten during that specific age rather than the agriculturally-based products that was only developed in the last 10,000 years.
According to dietary experts, this diet is high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. It is also high in potassium and low in sodium along with being able to provide dietary acid and alkaline balance. It should be as it normally consists of lean meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. In addition, it is also low in carbohydrates which is a good thing for individuals who are diagnosed with diabetes.
Speaking of diabetes, there has been arguments regarding the true effect of Paleo diet on the disease. Many believe that it is diabetes-neutral considering that it does not mainly work in helping improve the cases for individuals with diabetes. In fact, a certain Dr. Steve Parker said that when he started thinking about the diet and diabetes, he was even concerned that the individual might not get enough nutrients to begin with. He was eventually swayed to thinking that it is.
However, when asked whether Paleo diet is largely beneficial for those with diabetes. In fact, some claim that the benefits of those who practice Paleo is mainly due to the fact that you are devoid of any indulgence, especially with the elimination of processed foods.
On the other hand, the myth that it can definitely help those with diabetes comes from the fact that those who are going through a Paleo diet has been noted to have improved blood glucose levels, better cholesterol levels, triglyceride are reduced, better sleep, and has more energy. They even have been recorded to have lost weight.
A registered dietitian nutritionist claims though that it is difficult to compare what is available now to what they had then because plants and fruits which were available then might have already significantly evolved making them significantly different. A direct swap then is difficult.
Whatever the case maybe for Paleo diet when it comes to diabetes, its popularity in the community cannot be denied. Conventions have been made in its name. Maybe time will later prove how effective it is as a diet, particularly its effects on diabetes, for better or for worse. It worked for our ancestors, maybe it will work for us.