Paleo Diet – Finally a clinical study on the health benefits

Hey Dr. Joe Feuerstein with the MD
Minute. Thanks for tuning in. Today I want to talk about a study I’ve been
waiting for, for literally years on looking at the Paleolithic Diet. This is
something you’ve probably all heard of it is one of the biggest, hottest diets
on the planet at the moment. And the basic premise is that we should eat the
way our forefathers ate before we settle down to agriculture, before we became
an Agrarian society so essentially Paleolithic man ate meat and fish and
greens and vegetables and fruit, and he didn’t eat any grains, he didn’t have any
processed sugar, he didn’t have any processed fat. He ate clean, he ate lean
and he was lean. So one of the problems with the Paleolithic diet, is
that there isn’t actually that much research on whether this is any use or
not. So let’s talk about a study just presented at a major endocrine
conference by researchers in Scandinavia. And in this study they compared a
Paleolithic diet to a low-fat diet which is the diet people have been talking
about for years, it’s kind of almost like a Pase diet really. Anyway,
the Paleolithic diet versus the low-fat diet, 70 postmenopausal women and they
kept this diet guys for two years. So what they found is, Paleolithic diet these
people were not eating a lot of carbohydrates, they were about 30 percent
carbohydrate, they had a lot of fat but the fat was good fat, it was mono and
polyunsaturated fat, coming from nuts and seeds and healthy fats. And the low fat
diet was the opposite, more carbohydrate, lower fat, and they compared the two. And what they found is, in both cases after two years, they learned they lost the
same amount of weight so there wasn’t any advantage of paleo in terms of
weight. But they also did blood tests looking at signs of insulin resistance
which is where the body becomes resistant to our own insulin and it is
a pre-diabetic state, it’s a bad state to be in. And what they found is, that if you
ate paleolithic you had less insulin resistance, even though you had the same
weight loss, compared to a fat, low fat diet. So my take on this is that I
generally like the Paleolithic diet. I think it’s a good way to go. I am less
into low fat diets and this is finally some evidence showing that eating lean
proteins, eating fruits and vegetables and eating nuts and seeds is going to be
a good way to go for weight and for insulin resistance. Dr. Joe Feuerstein
with the MD Minute. Thanks for tuning in.

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Reader Comments

  1. Sheldon Stewart

    This is contrary to what I've been reading/seeing lately. I'm interested to look at the study! Please put in description. Thanks for your time and energy into this matter.

  2. Clever Fox

    The ultimate guide for making the Paleo Diet amazingly good-tasting, fun and full of the variety that not only makes you healthier but also satisfies your taste buds and cravings….

  3. are øverland

    Low fat is old news come on….. they should compare it to a low carb diet or keto. And btw poly unsat. fat is not good fat, u as a doctor should know this

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