Per usual, I started my Monday morning answering a couple personal emails and catching up on a handful of blogs. You know, how any productive business professional should start their day. Since it was a pretty slow morning in the blog world (as every Monday morning annoyingly is), I decided to google Paleo and see what would come up. I clicked on one article entitled “Paleo dieters love eating like cavemen, but health experts wary”. I knew this one would be a winner since “health experts” would be weighing in.
So, I got reading. The first couple of paragraphs were actually pretty interesting. I mean, who doesn’t love a good ol’ Paleo success story? All was great until I stumbled upon this little gem (referencing the Paleo diet):
“I would describe it as a very low-carb diet and low in a lot of nutrients, vitamins and minerals,” said Angie Scheetz, registered dietitian and wellness coordinator at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. “It’s not something I would recommend.”
Are you high, Angie Scheetz? I mean, I’ve read a lot of crazy statements from “health experts” before, but I think this one takes the cake (pun intended). If nutrients aren’t found in lean meat, fruits and veggies, where exactly can you find them? Please, Angie, do enlighten me.
Comments like these make me question the validity of today’s “health experts”. It’s scary to think that someone like this is licensed to dish out nutritional advice to the general public. What is she telling them anyways? If you want to be healthy, focus on eating the most processed and chemically altered foods possible? Are you shitting me? And we wonder why more than half of the population is overweight today. We’re not pretending that we know everything about nutrition and science and Paleo (because we sure as hell don’t), but come on- to say that a diet that relies heavily on vegetables and meat lacks nutrients is just ignorant.
To help Miss Health Expert out, I was able to find this handy dandy guide that shows what foods contain vitamins and minerals. Gosh, this page must have been missing from her textbook! I bet some evil caveman tore it out and devoured it.. searching for some nutritional value before deciding that french fries and a Big Mac was ultimately a better choice.
This article is a perfect example of how you can’t believe everything you read online. Just because an “expert” says it, does not mean it’s true. Our friend Katie over at the AspiringRD wrote a great post on this very topic last week (she has a better, more educated-less emotional take on the subject).
Be smart. Do your research. And please, do not believe someone when they say the key to living a long and healthy life can be found in a box of Fruit Loops.
-Erica (additional commentary and sarcasm provided by Emily)