This prehistoric diet is the hippest food trend going, with everyone from chefs to celebrities taking a slice of the paleo pie, but can a Stone Age eating plan really benefit our health?
For starters, let’s look at what the paleo diet actually involves. Loosely based on the eating habits of our ancestral hunter-gatherers, this so-called caveman diet bans foods that have undergone modern farming or manufacturing processes. There are also several interpretations of the paleo diet, and some people follow it more strictly than others.
What’s ON the paleo menu:
• meat, fish and chicken
• nuts and seeds
• fruit and vegies
• certain oils (such as coconut oil, olive oil and other plant-based oils)
What’s OFF the paleo menu:
• potatoes (except sweet potato)
• grains, including rice, pasta, bread, cereal and oats
• legumes, such as lentils, beans and chickpeas
• milk and other dairy foods
• salt, refined sugar and processed foods, such as chips, lollies and pastries.
So will going paleo actually benefit your body? To find out what dietitians think of this on-trend way of eating, don’t miss the August issue of Healthy Food Guide — on sale NOW!