The Paleo Diet: For the Freshest Breath

Ah, no sorry that’s “The Polo Diet”.  The Paleo Diet has nothing to do with eating mints at all.  No, Paleo eating is all about eating the foods that we did in the Palaeolithic era.  The diet seems to exist in a few different varieties of strictness.   Although I support any eating idea that promotes eating more fruit and vegetables and less of the refined foods that contain too much added salt and sugar, there are some principles to the Paleo diet that I think are confusing.  As such, I fear that aspects of Paleo are in danger of “throwing the baby out with the bath water” in terms of sound nutritional advice, with potentially severe implications particularly in later life. Epidemiology It can be argued that because many chronic diseases prevalent today appear to have a dietary influence that it would be beneficial to revert to more natural and less processed dietary practices; and the extreme of this would be to eat like a caveman.  That would seem intuitively more natural and surely our bodies would therefore respond better to such a diet and be healthier?  It sounds like a nice statement until you give it more thought.  Cavemen on average died in their thirties; and since then we are living longer. We cannot be doing that badly in the way we live.  Sure there are advances in medicine, but there have been advances in nutrition too.  We no longer face malnutrition, scurvy, pellagra, and rickets in the way we did before, at least in more developed countries.  “The biggest cause of death today is heart disease. Heart disease has been the leading cause of death for most of the past century. Interestingly, though, the heart disease “epidemic” peaked in the 1960s at about 350 deaths per 100,000 people. It has since been cut in half.”[1] Rickets is interestingly on the rise again in the UK with less time being spent outside in sunlight and low dietary intakes of vitamin D, found in oily fish and eggs; and in some cases low calcium intake found in high amounts […]

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