21 Myths: The paleo diet debunked!

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This is an interesting book that answers some of your questions about paleo.  One piece that really interested me is the general idea that humans didn’t have much time to adapt to grains.  While this is true, some folks who go back and forth between paleo and non-paleo don’t feel side effects.  Below is some insight into why.

“Many Paleo advocates try to explain the principles of the Paleo diet simply from an evolutionary
perspective, pointing out that grains were only introduced recently (10,000 years ago is relatively recently
considering the millions of years of human evolution!) and that we haven’t had sufficient time and
pressure to adapt.

the case of lactose tolerance
The truth is that some genetic mutations can occur quite quickly. For example, all humans are born with
the ability to digest lactose (milk sugar), but the gene to produce the enzyme lactase (necessary to digest
lactose) is usually naturally switched off upon reaching adulthood. Populations (mostly Europeans) that
started introducing more dairy in their diet after infancy and childhood started developing, over time, a
genetic mutation allowing them to preserve the ability to produce lactase (and therefore digest lactose) as
they age. This is why lactose intolerance is less common in European descents (7-20%) compared to
people of African (65-75%) or Asian descent (over 90%). And this occurred in only the last 5,000-10,000
years, which is quite short relative to the span of human history.

tolerating vs. thriving
Some people may have adapted, to some extent, to eating grains. The degree to which you tolerate grains
may be influenced on your ethnicity, age and other health problems. Maybe the adaptation only works in
the earliest part of life for some people. Could you eat grains without any apparent problems up to the age
of 30, 40 or 50 years, but started suffering later on? Maybe it didn’t take you that long from starting
suffering the consequences of grains either. I am no expert in genetics and don’t pretend to be one, but
there’s one thing I know for sure: although some people may tolerate grains, nobody thrives on them.

Many Paleo advocates try to explain the principles of the Paleo diet simply from an evolutionary
perspective, pointing out that grains were only introduced recently (10,000 years ago is relatively recently
considering the millions of years of human evolution!) and that we haven’t had sufficient time and
pressure to adapt.

the case of lactose tolerance
The truth is that some genetic mutations can occur quite quickly. For example, all humans are born with
the ability to digest lactose (milk sugar), but the gene to produce the enzyme lactase (necessary to digest
lactose) is usually naturally switched off upon reaching adulthood. Populations (mostly Europeans) that
started introducing more dairy in their diet after infancy and childhood started developing, over time, a
genetic mutation allowing them to preserve the ability to produce lactase (and therefore digest lactose) as
they age. This is why lactose intolerance is less common in European descents (7-20%) compared to
people of African (65-75%) or Asian descent (over 90%). And this occurred in only the last 5,000-10,000
years, which is quite short relative to the span of human history.

tolerating vs. thriving
Some people may have adapted, to some extent, to eating grains. The degree to which you tolerate grains
may be influenced on your ethnicity, age and other health problems. Maybe the adaptation only works in
the earliest part of life for some people. Could you eat grains without any apparent problems up to the age
of 30, 40 or 50 years, but started suffering later on? Maybe it didn’t take you that long from starting
suffering the consequences of grains either. I am no expert in genetics and don’t pretend to be one, but
there’s one thing I know for sure: although some people may tolerate grains, nobody thrives on them.”

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The Paleo diet is simple yet remarkably effective for fat loss and halting or preventing a number of degenerative diseases. To reap the benefits of the most effective nutritional strategy known, one need simply build meals from the following: * Lean proteins (ideally) grass fed meat, free range fowl and wild caught fish * Seasonal fruits and vegetables * Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil Our 6 week challenge will help you ease your way into the Paleo Diet. Regardless of your fitness or health goals, you WILL look, feel and perform your best on the Paleo diet. For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is enough. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough. Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny. View all posts by hcfchallenge

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