These kinds of articles ALWAYS make me laugh

Slash/make me really angry! My sister just sent me this article from Livestrong and I literally wanted to throw something at my computer. I have no problem with people not wanting to do Paleo, but to blatantly lie about the dangers of this kind way of eating reallllllly makes me mad. Below is the article, with my flipping out comments following. Please feel free to throw things at your computer as well and add any additional info you have in the comments!

Too Much Saturated Fat

The Paleo diet centers on meat consumption and, as a consequence, is high in saturated fats. Eating too much saturated fat can result in high cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. It can also lead to obesity and increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer. The Paleo diet limits healthy fats, such as olive oil, because they were not available during the Paleolithic.

Low Energy

The Paleo diet is low in carbs because it contains no grains of any kind. Although you’ll be able to get some carbs from fruits and vegetables, the total amount is still lower than you would if you were eating grains. A lack of carbs can lead to feelings of tiredness, weakness and sluggishness as well as low blood sugar.

Bacterial Infection

Some versions of the Paleo diet recommend eating all the food raw, including meats. Advocates of raw Paleo diets believe that cooking foods kill the nutritional enzymes they contain, rendering the meat more difficult to digest and less nutritious. Raw milk and meats can carry E.coli, salmonella and other dangerous bacteria. Children, pregnant women and the elderly are especially susceptible to the bacteria and should avoid raw animal products.

Lack of Calcium

Paleo diets ban all dairy products. Obtaining enough calcium in your diet without eating dairy — or fortified soy milk, which is also prohibited because it’s a processed product— can be tricky. Green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and okra contain calcium, but you will have to eat them regularly in order to obtain enough calcium. Because the Paleo diet is focused on meats, with vegetables being just a complement, calcium deficiencies may occur.

(This is what I imagine the person who wrote this article looked like)

Okay…. HERE WE GO. (Sorry this is a long one guys, hopefully you’re as revved up as I was!)

1. Saturated fats – if you eat lean meat/unprocessed meat like you’re supposed to, you don’t have to worry about this. That being said, if you are going to eat poor quality 60% fat beef, no shit this would be the case.  However, since Paleo focuses on LEAN cuts of meat, this is not a problem. AND, according to new studies recently published in the Scientific American, there’s no relation between saturated fat and increased cholesterol and heart disease. And, quoting one of the commenters from this article, “Can you please reference the work that shows saturated fat consumption leads to obesity? – even better, I challenge you to find one testimonial from a paleo dieter that GAINED weight unintentionally.”

2. Sluggish Feeling – Are you kidding me?!?!?! I have more energy now than ever before. I wake up before my alarm at 5:15 every day and have tons of energy until I go to bed around 9:45/10pm. I am NEVER tired during the day and never have to have a second cup of coffee to wake me up.  Since when did carbs = energy? Never. If anything, processed carbs cause you to feel tired with the effect it has on your digestion and brain.  Plus, you get all the carbs you need from fruit and veggies. There is absolutely no reason for processed carbs to be in your diet. Plus, since our bodies cant process that stuff to begin with, it leads to leaky gut and backed up systems. (This is why my mom had bad cramps when she ate Kashi, which is supposedly really good for you…)

3. Bacterial infections – Ew, last time I checked no one ate raw meat?  Why would you do that? Paleo diet is NOT the same as a raw diet. Duh.

4. Lack of calcium – Humans are the ONLY animals that drink milk after infancy. There is absolutely no reason for it. The only reason the government had such a big “drink milk” campaign in the 50s (or sometime around then) was because of a HUGE grant from the dairy industry. I watched a documentary on this Christmas day. PLUS, you get PLENTY of calcium and vitamin D from veggies, especially leafy greens. Last time I checked, we totally have this covered. I actually read an awesome article on dairy this morning on Paleo Weight Loss Coach. (I won’t post it here and make this any longer!)

SO, take that!! PALEO FOR LIFE!

Phew.
-EB

 
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