Caveman Diet

Supporters of the Paleo Diet or Caveman Diet say people are genetically programmed to eat like cavemen did before the agricultural revolution. Supporters argue the Caveman Diet is a way to cut the spiraling cases of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions plaguing American adults. caveman diet, caveman's diet

The Caveman Diet: How It Works

Research indicates a diet, such as the Paleo Diet or Caveman Diet, rich in lean protein and plant foods contains fiber, protein, and fluids that work together to satisfy, control blood sugar, and prevent weight gain and type 2 diabetes.

According to Cordain – the author of The Paleo Diet, indicates eating like our ancestors 80% of the time offers health benefits. He suggests trying the Caveman Diet for two weeks to see if you feel better on the plan.

The plan encourages people to be physically active on a regular basis. Hunter-gathers had active daily lives seeking food, water, and shelter. What is more their exercise was not contrived, it was part of their lifestyle. There are many who argue that exercise for one hour a day is less beneficial than the same amount of exercise incorporated in our daily activities. Though you don’t need to go hunting to follow the Caveman Diet, you do need to move.

Caveman Diet: Expert’s Points of View

Nutrition experts have been arguing for years for a cleaner diet based on whole foods, lean meats, fruits, vegetables and less sugar, sodium, and processed foods. The caveman diet nicely addresses all of these issues.

Most nutritionnists include low-fat dairy, legumes, and whole grains based on the wealth of research that supports the role of these foods in a healthy, well-balanced diet. These foods are not part of the caveman diet.

“People who eat diets high in whole grains, beans, and low-fat dairy tend to be healthier because these foods are nutrient-rich and there are mountains of research about the health benefits of diets that include, not exclude, these foods,” says Keith Ayoob, EDd, RD, an assistant professor at New York’s Albert Einstien School of Medicine. Therefore, Ayoob is not a supporter of the caveman diet.

American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Heather Mangieri, MS, RD, says, “This (caveman diet) diet has some great aspects, but the limitations make it another diet that people go on but can’t sustain for a number of reasons, including a lack of variety, [cost], and potential nutrient inadequacies” due to the elimination of certain food groups.

David Katz, MD, the author of Way to Eat, tells WebMD by email that “eating more foods direct from nature is far better than the typical American diet, but how the Paleo-type diet (caveman diet) compares in terms of long-term outcomes to an Asian, Mediterranean, vegan, or other optimized diet, we just don’t know.”

My Experience with the Caveman Diet

While I haven’t specifically adhered to the Caveman Diet, I have switched to grass fed, antibiotic free meat and I am amazed at how much better it tastes. I also try to avoid genetically modified vegetables and buy local and from farmers as much as possible.

I totally agree with eliminating sugar and processed foods. If you start reading labels, you probably will learn that eating cleaner food is rewarding.

The Caveman Diet: Food for Thought

A diet that includes whole, unprocessed foods is the basis of most all healthy diet recommendations. To this degree the Caveman Diet matches most nutritionists point of view. But most nutritionists are also advocates for whole grains, low-fat dairy, and legumes and these foods are not included in the Caveman diet.

Nutritionists who do not support the caveman diet state tat including these food groups (dairy and grains) 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.

The Caveman Diet Shortfalls

The Paleo or Caveman diet may require you 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 the caveman diet long-term due to the diet’s strict nature. However, that being said, it depends greatly on a person’s cooking skill. You can create a great menu on the Caveman Diet. It does make it harder to eat in restaurants.