A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to those that might have been consumed during the Paleolithic era, dating from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
The paleo diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, foods that in the past could be obtained through hunting and gathering. The paleo diet limits the foods that became common when agriculture emerged, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes, and grains.
Other names for the paleo diet are: Paleolithic diet, Stone Age diet, hunter-gatherer diet, and caveman diet.
The goal of a paleo diet is to return to a mode of eating more similar to that of early humans. The reasoning for diet is that the human body is genetically incompatible with the modern diet that emerged from the advent of agriculture, an idea known as the "mismatch hypothesis."
Agriculture changed what people ate and established dairy, grains, and legumes as additional staples in the human diet. According to this hypothesis, this relatively late and rapid change in diet exceeded the body's ability to adapt. This incompatibility is believed to be a contributing factor to the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease today.
Why go on a paleo diet
- You want to lose weight or stay at a healthy weight
- You want help planning meals
What to eat
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean meats, especially grass-fed or game-fed meats
- Fish, especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, and albacore tuna
- Fruit and nut oils, such as olive oil or walnut oil
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