• Walter Salvadore Pereira


Have you heard about the ‘Paleo Diet’? It is also known as the ‘Paleolithic Diet’, ‘Caveman Diet’, ‘Stone Age Diet’ and ‘Hunter-Gatherer Diet’ and is one of the hottest of today’s trending diets.

Well, even as the memories of the famous(?) ‘Atkins Diet’ had begun to fade, comes this latest one, which by the way, is one of the hottest of today’s trending diets?

By the way, ‘Paleo’ comes from the word Paleolithic, which relates to the older part of the Stone Age, roughly 2.5 millions to 10,000 years ago.

As the name would imply, the ‘Paleo Diet’ is based on the eating patterns of our early Paleolithic ancestors. Farming changed what people ate and established dairy, grains, and legumes as additional staples in the human diet. Hence, sugar, grains, legumes, dairy and oils are avoided in favour of meat, fish, eggs, fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.

On the basis of trials conducted, the diet is recommended to those wanting to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight and the benefits may also include improved glucose tolerance as well as better blood pressure control, among others.

Are you one of the many diet enthusiasts contemplating trying out the new diet? If so, here is a word of cautious. There are concerns and questions raised about the ‘Paleo Diet’, including both food selection and the underlying hypothesis. Therefore, do consult a certified nutritional expert before you take the plunge.

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