Mainstream health professionals are PUSHING grains, dairy, and legumes as not only healthy, but Necessary for wellness and weight loss. It can be confusing and frustrating to be on the other side of the fence. Accepting this paleo challenge isn’t just for losing a few pounds, but it’s about Inner Health and Wellness. America is struggling from digestion problems and sickness that ARE preventable – this costs you money! You wouldn’t have to buy Midol for the rest of your life. You’re medication for diabetes will go to the back of your cupboard. You can let your Tums go stale in your bathroom cabinet. The reality is to continue to strive to be better than yesterday. You already know what you need to do. From this point forward you can not complain about your weight, your gym performance, or issues with a variety of sicknesses until you challenge yourself to 30 days of meat and vegetables, nuts and fruit, and no starch. Think of it as Food Rehab.
“Potatoes are not part of The Paleo Diet because they contain some harmful substances, namely saponins (solanine and chaconine) which can’t be degraded by digestion or cooking. They can contribute to an increase in intestinal permeability which is associated to many chronic diseases.
Regarding legumes, they are also sources of saponins as well as lectins. Lectins are also toxic substances for the intestinal barrier, and they can adversely stimulate the immune system.
Corn is a cereal grain which is also a source of lectins (see Dr. Cordain paper entitled “Cereal grains: Humanity’s double edged sword” in our published research section).
Quinoa may contain high concentrations of saponins which as I pointed out with potatoes have the potential to adversely affect GI tract function by increasing intestinal permeability. These grains are also net acid yielding Sugars were part of our Hunter-gatherers ancestors’ diet but not year round. So, use them in moderation.” – The Paleo Diet