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Saturday, 04 January 2014 02:44

Have You Ever Met A Fat Caveman? (Paleo Diet)

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In 2013, the most searched-about diet was the paleo diet, that "mimics the diets of our caveman ancestors," including meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. According to Wikipedia, paleolithic nutrition is based on the premise that human genetics have "scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, and modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors." Other names for the paleo diet include caveman diet and stone age diet.

Some medical experts take issue with the premise of the paleo diet, that human genetics have not changed much in the last 10,000 years. Other experts contend paleolithic people actually ate more grains and legumes, and less meat. The paleo diet does offer a number of benefits by excluding refined foods like sugar and processed oils.

Another popular diet which is gaining favor with the medical community is the Mediterranean diet, that "emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats" (Mayo Clinic).

According to Dr. Farooq Ahmad of California Medical Weight Management, "the Mediterranean diet is a simple, healthy diet with lots of vegetables. You can follow this diet by making just a few changes. We recommend cooking your own meals, avoiding restaurants and fast-food diners."

To learn more about diet and nutrition, visit California Medical Weight Management at

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