The Paleo diet means eating more like the hunters and gatherers our ancestors were. This approach to food, which includes focusing on animal sources, nuts, fruits and veggies, has been gaining popularity in recent years. There is a lot of misinformation out there on the subject, so we’re here to tell you some lesser known facts about it.
Number Fifteen: It’s Not All About the Meat
A lot of people assume that this is just an excuse to gorge yourself on bacon, but meat proteins are not what this diet is about. On the contrary, it’s about finding the healthy balance between animal protein and other nutrition sources, such as carbs or fat.
Number Fourteen: The Paleo Diet Is Easier on Your Digestive System
Since it involves going easier on dairy and grain, people seem to show a favorable reaction to this in terms of digestion. This means less bloating and general stomach discomfort.
Number Thirteen: Helpful With Autoimmune Issues
People have discovered that the paleo diet has favorable effects on those who are used to eating very inflammatory foods. Inflammatory food items are very typical in the average America’s diet, so this is a healthier option.
Number Twelve: Improves Energy Levels
When you stop eating so much sugar and carbs (in their refined form), your metabolism improves, and your body’s natural sugar levels become more stable. This means you have access to a more consistent natural energy supply.
Number Eleven: Gluten Intolerant Friendly
More and more research continues to emerge on gluten allergies and the benefits of cutting out wheat products. The paleo diet is perfect for people who need to be careful about their gluten intake.
Number Ten: Quality Protein Sources Are Essential
It’s not about going out and finding the cheapest meat on the market. You need to get your protein from the cleanest and best quality sources available. This means leaner cuts which are often a bit pricier.
Number Nine: Fat Is Not Always Bad, and Paleo Focuses on the Good Ones
There are some forms of fat in common paleo foods, such as eggs. This is not harmful if balanced in an informed way.
Number Eight: It’s Not Just a Diet
It isn’t all about food. In fact, it also focuses on fitness levels, energy levels, and making sure you get enough sleep. Stress management is another area of focus that is encouraged by paleo.
Number Seven: You Don’t Have to Join a Gym
When people hear that this diet also focuses on fitness, they assume this means they need to go out and get a gym membership, but this is not the case. Our ancestors walked a lot and didn’t own exercise machines. There are many natural choices for getting our exercise.
Number Six: The Paleo Diet Helps Combat Cravings for Sugar
If you’re one of those people who keeps candy in your purse or craves chocolate often, this diet can help you. Since it gets rid of sugar and aids in blood sugar stability, it gets rid of those cravings altogether.
Number Five: Fermented Foods are Important
Fermented food items such as sauerkraut provide a lot of different types of bacteria. This may sound bad at first glance, but they actually help with your digestive system and can improve the functioning of your body’s immune system.
Number Four: This Diet isn’t Always Low Carb
Although it includes getting rid of legumes, grains, and wheat, it does not encourage you to eliminate carbs completely. The diet just encourages people to seek their carbohydrates from alternative sources, such as broccoli or potatoes.
Number Three: It’s Ancient But Only Became Well-Known in the ’70s
Ancient humans ate this way, as we know. Modern humans, however, took a bit longer to wise up to the benefits of a cleaner and more simple diet. Paleo became scientifically backed in 2002 as a result of new studies and first began being practiced in the 1970s.
Number Two: It Exists in Many Forms
There is not one specific food group that our Paleolithic ancestors ate. Since they traveled often, encountering changing landscapes in day to day life, their diets changed a lot accordingly.
Number One: Lowers Risk of High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
These are huge problems in America, so switching to the paleo diet could benefit a lot of people. Thanks for reading part two of our list, and we hope you found it informative.