The “True” Human Diet

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Hello all,

Have you heard of the “Paleo diet” also commonly referred to as the Cave Man diet. The idea behind the diet is that we need to go back to eating what cave men eat.

As a dietitian, I personally do not endorse a lot of different diets. The Paleo diet is especially concerning because it is incredibly restrictive and leaves out whole food groups that are recommended by the US Dept. of Agriculture’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines. There are components of the diet that could be embraced, though, like increasing fruit and vegetable intake but leaving out grains and dairy products could leave you missing out on vital nutrients.

But, putting that aside – the idea that the diet promotes a “cave man diet” is in and of itself misleading. The availability of food differed greatly based on the region that people lived in. But, don’t take my word for it (definitely, not an expert in cave men!). Dr. Ungar from the University of Arkansas explains why the basis of the diet is a myth: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/g…/the-true-human-diet/

Sahtain all,
– Dua

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Dua genuinely believes that our relationship with food should not be complicated. She likes to focus on eating in moderation and listening to your body but this, of course, will be different from person to person and body to body.

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