You may have heard the Paleo Diet referred to as a Paleolithic Diet, Stone Age Diet, Hunter-Gatherer Diet, and Caveman Diet. The Paleo Diet is a diet based on what foods humans would have eaten thousands of years ago. It usually consists of lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds. The idea behind the diet is to return to the way of eating of early ancestors.
There have been many studies of the Paleo Diet that have discovered some major benefits but also some drawbacks. For starters, most studies find that this diet can help with weight loss and improve your blood sugar. It may also help you keep your blood pressure in check and lower your triglycerides. However, some experts believe cutting out entire food groups may make it difficult to maintain and could reduce certain nutrients. Here is what you would and would not be eating if you were on the Paleo Diet...
What To Eat...
Nuts and seeds
Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, and albacore tuna
Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
What To Avoid...
These are the food groups that you should avoid while on the paleo diet. Some of these foods are perfectly healthy, but others are heavily processed and are not the best choice for a health-conscious nutrition plan, whether or not you are on the Paleo Diet.
Grains, such as wheat, oats, and barley,
Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas
Highly processed foods in general