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The Problem with the Paleo—It’s a Devil’s Bargain


So what’s wrong with all the Paleo diets being promoted today?


For one thing, our early ancestors didn’t eat just meat. Up to 80 percent of their diet was actually plants. And it was these plants and the ability to cook starches and root vegetables that caused the great explosion in human growth and brain size.


The reality is the people in the Paleolithic Era ate close to 100 grams of fiber per day, or double that of the average plant-eater today.

Rip Esselstyn, Excerpt from PlantStrong

Next, it’s estimated that the animal that would most resemble those eaten by Paleo types would be the antelope, whose flesh contains about 5 percent fat, hardly any of it saturated fat, and no added hormones or antibiotics—that’s far different from the animals those Paleo-pretenders eat today.

To defend their lifestyle, the Paleo camp will often throw in the side argument that whole grains weren’t part of the human diet in 100,000 B.C. Well, neither were many other wonderful and healthful plants such as broccoli, artichokes, lettuce, grapefruit, and most of the other fruits and vegetables we love today. And since countless studies have shown that increased consumption of whole grains is related to increased longevity and decreased obesity and heart disease, it’s hard to argue against eating grains.


Don’t rely on a speculative hypothesis to create your healthy diet. Rely on plants, and you’ll be as strong as a caveman…and live three times as long.

Rip Esselstyn, Excerpt from PlantStrong


Want to learn more? Watch and Listen to this important PLANTSTRONG Podcast episode with Dr. Michael Klaper on why the Paleo Diet is “The Devil’s Bargain”


Listen HERE: Dr. Michael Klaper "Paleo: The Devil's Bargain"

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