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5 Paleo Diet Myths Debunked
Many people believe the Paleo diet is a “fad” diet—a diet that’s about to go out of style to pave the way for another flashy fad diet. (At least: that’s what my grandmother thinks, her eyes rolling back in her head. She is a marvelous, if a bit confused, cook.)
The paleo diet myths in the world are rampant. Learn about the paleo diet myths and the TRUTH behind the paleo diet, and lead yourself toward a better, more vibrant lifestyle.
Common Misconceptions about the Paleo Diet:
1. The Paleo Diet Kills Your Bank Account.
Ah. This one is an important paleo diet myth to start out with. After all: I feel like all my friends, all the time, are talking about their money troubles. Their bills. How expensive their kids are. How many trips they would take—if they only had the money.
Phew. If only money didn’t exist, right?
It is true that packaged and preservative-rich foods are a bit less expensive than nice meats and fresh vegetables. However, you need to begin to think of these food expenses as NECESSARY. After all: meats and vegetables are stocked with nutrition—far more nutrition than any packaged foods. Therefore, they stick to your bones longer, they fuel your cell health, and they keep you OUT of health harm’s way in the future.
Note that if you spend good money on nutritious foods now, you won’t have to spend money on hospital bills or doctor’s bills later. Furthermore, you’ll age better and have a more fulfilling life. What more do you need to hear?
2. The Paleo Diet Includes Too Much Meat.
It’s true that the Paleo diet recommends eating protein and fat. However, the paleo diet is not a “meat” diet. In fact, the paleo diet recommends about three-quarters of your food intake to be completely vegetable-based. That means: you won’t be eating too much cholesterol. You won’t be eating too many fat-based calories. And you WILL be stocking up on much-needed fibers.
3. The Paleo Diet Boosts Your Cholesterol Levels and Raises Your Blood Pressure.
When you eat foods that are rich in cholesterol, you do not elevate your body’s cholesterol level. No matter what, your body’s cholesterol is created in your liver. The liver makes this cholesterol because of a whole range of factors—not because of your egg consumption. Furthermore, many people state that eating Paleo actually LOWERS their cholesterol numbers.
4. The Paleo Diet Creates Kidney Problems.
Some people believe that high protein diets work to decrease your kidney health. However, actual scientific evidence doesn’t leave us with this fact, allowing us to reap the rewards of medium to high protein diets without worry.
It’s important to note that you should listen to your body when eating protein. If you exercise often, you should push your protein intake to about twenty or twenty-five percent of your overall diet; if you don’t exercise often, you can eat as little as ten or twelve percent throughout the day.
5. The Paleo Diet Eliminates Healthy Whole Grains.
It is true that the Paleo diet disallows whole grains. However, it is NOT true that whole grains are essential for your health. Even today’s nutritionists agree that whole grains lack great nutrient density. They find that almost every other kind of food—from meat to nuts to poultry to vegetables—were far more enriched with nutrients than whole grains. This leaves me to decide to find my calories elsewhere.
Get the paleo diet myths out of your head and pave the way to greater body health!