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Simplist argument for eating paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Whats the best simple argument for not eating wheat/grains, refined vege o-6 oils, or table sugar and why we need to eat fat/meat? (ie basic paleo)

I am hoping for something along the lines of a couple of paragraphs. Easy to understand and simple, but compelling. Ideally not just evolution, tho thats a good starting point.

Background: I am wanting to write a book and I want a simple diet and exercise chapter :)

(If you want to be credited/thanked (if I even finish it etc, lol!) for your help you can drop in your email in your answer.)

I hope it would be an interest topic anyway, as people often ask similar sorts of questions, just without the "simple" aspect. Hopefully not too weird a request for PHs!

Thanks heaps!

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I was gonna go with "mind your own damn business"...but this works too.

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:04 AM

As a quick answer, I really like this one. It's straight and to the point. In my experience, I've found that when you start bringing "cavemen" or how our ancestors ate into the explanation, some people are genuinely interested but most people's eyes kind of glaze over and they see it as just another fad diet.

26ec8fd161a2f282bf56ecbfc1510178

on August 10, 2012
at 02:46 PM

That, or the very closely related "because it makes me feel good." Who can argue with that?

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193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on August 10, 2012
at 02:36 PM

The simplest argument would be "Because I like to."

26ec8fd161a2f282bf56ecbfc1510178

on August 10, 2012
at 02:46 PM

That, or the very closely related "because it makes me feel good." Who can argue with that?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 11, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I was gonna go with "mind your own damn business"...but this works too.

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:57 PM

Have you ever walked through an old graveyard? Despite general preconceptions, a lot of people back then died quite old. The dispersion is about what you'd expect from a society where people died of illnesses and injuries and, if they survived, they were quite healthy. In the graveyard by my house, there are many people born in the early and mid-1800's who lived to be 80, 90, or more. There are also quite a few who died very young.

It can be tough to conceptualize what cavemen in lion-skins ate. It's much easier to conceptualize the life of someone born in 1800. He/she lived in the same house I do. To me, it makes it easier to understand the diet of someone prior to the introduction of processed, industrial pseudo-foods.

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:51 PM

The simplest argument is that "Paleo" is foods which are dense in micronutrients and cause little to no stress or harm on your body. Wheat/grains/n6 fats all cause harm in one way or another and do little to add nutrients.

23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:04 AM

As a quick answer, I really like this one. It's straight and to the point. In my experience, I've found that when you start bringing "cavemen" or how our ancestors ate into the explanation, some people are genuinely interested but most people's eyes kind of glaze over and they see it as just another fad diet.

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on August 10, 2012
at 01:32 PM

The simplest argument (What would Grok do?) is not going to be the most correct. There's a different reason for all of your "basic" paleo tenets.

No wheat/grains - Wheat/grains are low-nutritional density. They are hard on the digestive system, particularly leaky guts.

No refined oils high in omega-6 - Two issues: 1) refined oils make overdosing omega-6 fats all too easy. 2) omega-6 fats, particularly refined, are going to be oxidized/damaged.

No refined sugar - Too easy to overeat. (Otherwise I think there's no issue with sugar.) If you can control your portions of sugar, you'll be fine.

Eat meat & healthy fats - Meat is nutrient dense. Fat is just energy, just as carbs are. Eat a bit of both.

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2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on August 11, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Because it tastes so damn good and is healthy!

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on August 10, 2012
at 08:54 PM

I agree with Matt that the simplest answer is unlikely to be the best one, but if I was trying to justify paleo (or ancestral eating really) while being as simple and accurate as possible I would say this:

I believe the evidence supports the idea that the types of foods not consumed by our ancestors are more likely to contain compounds that have negative effects on our health. Furthermore, I believe the evidence supports the idea that eating a diet similar to our ancestors is more likely to provide us with both the types and amounts of nutrients that will have positive effects on our health.

There will be a number of exceptions to these ideas so I think it's important to speak in general terms and not to create an oversimplified paleo=good neolithic=bad philosophy. When dealing with whole foods, things like individual tolerance are often more important than whether a food is "paleo" or not.

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