Which specific foods are vital for long-term health/survival?
Of all of the fad diets tested the paleolithic diet came in dead last as far as health goes.There's been a couple updates to that outdated pyramid. There's now a plate, and grains and milk have been reduced, vegetables increased.
What's difficult about these things is how much particular food industry lobbyists participate in emphasizing their industry:
(for instance, milk is always sold as the greatest calcium source, but this isn't true: vegetables are. Also, it's a myth that vegetables aren't complete proteins: celery and iceberg lettuce are complete proteins!)
Consistent with this update, paleolithic diet proponents advocate that you don't really need much grain or milk, and not near as much meat as the USDA claims:
(a paleolithic diet returns us to the diet of our ancestors before modern agriculture)
A diet that includes whole, unprocessed foods is the basis of most all healthy diet recommendations. But so are whole grains, low-fat dairy, and legumes.
Including these food groups will help meet nutritional needs and contribute to a well-balanced diet plan. You can satisfy dietary requirements without these foods, but that requires careful planning and supplementation.
If the Paleo or Caveman diet appeals to you, be sure to supplement the plan with calcium and vitamin D.
Eliminating all grains, dairy, processed foods, sugar, and more will most likely lead to weight loss. But it may be tough to follow this plan long-term due to the diet's strict nature.
Very specifically before agriculture, that is the point. The idea being that we evolved to eat foods that develop in diverse regions. Agriculture does tend to eliminate biodiversity. We actually have farms here that leave weeds in the rows and no pesticides (they have animals that they feed infested crops to, but not a big deal up here). No pesticides isn't just about the chemicals, but increasing the biodiversity of the region. Another problem with agriculture is that people start eating always this one kind of tomato.... or 25% of their diet is corn (exaggeration I hope).Evo said:First problem with the paleo diet, you have to guess that they must mean by early humans, before or after agriculture?
Then they's have to know what region was predominant in your family's lineage during some arbitrary time period they decide on. And that was so long ago, it wouldn't seem to make much sense now. A lot of what was eaten back them doesn't actually still exit in it's original form anyway.Very specifically before agriculture, that is the point. The idea being that we evolved to eat foods that develop in diverse regions.
Not really... it's not about the specifics, it's about the general concept of biodiversity and wild-grown vs. domestically grown. You can show today that biodiversity is good. Wild-grown plants/animals are more diverse in nutrition and wild-grown plants/animals were the only choice of nutrition before agriculture/horticulture.Then they's have to know what region was predominant in your family's lineage during some arbitrary time period they decide on. And that was so long ago, it wouldn't seem to make much sense now. A lot of what was eaten back them doesn't actually still exit in it's original form anyway.