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  • Writer's pictureAshley Lee

Is the Paleolithic diet the “cure all” for chronic health disease?

“The evolutionary collision of our ancient genome with the nutritional qualities of recently introduced foods may underlie many of the chronic diseases of Western civilization.” (Cordain et al., 2015).

The Paleolithic diet, in summary:

  • Insist on eating foods prior to the agricultural revolution that occurred 10,000 years all around the world: meat, fish, poultry, fruits, and veggies.

  • Encourage lifestyle changes such as be a ‘hunter-gatherer’ by eating as our cavemen ancestors did, by eating meats and plants.

  • Promotes a healthier body and be less likely to develop a chronic health illness.

  • Does not guarantee you will lose weight, may have cardiovascular benefits, and may prevent or control diabetes..

The Paleolithic diet includes the following foods:

  • Vegetables

  • Fruits

  • Wild meats

  • Eggs

  • Nuts

The Paleolithic diet does not include the following foods:

  • Refined processed foods (containing refined oils such as shortening, margarine)

  • Sugars (sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, syrups)

  • Grains (whole grain, refined grains)

  • Dairy (milk, cheese, butter)

  • Beans


  • Removal of grains and dairy

  • Affordability

  • Not proven scientifically to reduce or eliminate risks of chronic health diseases such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes

  • Case Studies

  • Not proven scientifically to reduce or maintain healthy weight

  • Case Studies

  • Diet does not include exercise


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