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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - ed­hal­magyi fast-ed.com.au

I PUT off writ­ing this ar­ti­cle for a long time. I’m not a hater, re­ally I’m not. But there’s only so much de­lib­er­ate mis­di­rec­tion I can stand be­fore I need to say some­thing.

Pa­leo, in fact al­most every fad diet, is bunkum. How­ever, like every great con­fi­dence scam, it be­gins with a sin­gle ker­nel of truth at its heart. Yes, eat­ing less pro­cessed food is good for you. The rest is noth­ing more than baloney.

Lie #1: Hu­mans were health­ier dur­ing the Palae­olithic pe­riod. Not true. Most com­mu­ni­ties lived through ex­tended pe­ri­ods of star­va­tion, and the av­er­age life ex­pectancy was 37. Also, many bone frag­ments show signs of ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis, a de­gen­er­a­tive byprod­uct of ex­ces­sive meat con­sump­tion.

Lie #2: Palae­olithic peo­ple did not eat those foods that would be­come agri­cul­ture. Re­ally, then why did hu­mans be­gin farm­ing them at all? Lie #3: Hu­mans ate vastly more meat and fats dur­ing the Palae­olithic pe­riod. Two points here. Firstly, bone frag­ments and shell mid­dens will sur­vive mil­len­nia, while ev­i­dence of seed or g grain con­sump­tion does not due to its ready biodegrad­abil­ity. Se­condly, a study i in the Sci­en­tific Amer­ica Amer­i­can three years ago noted th that in Palae­olithic times, w we see ev­i­dence for vastly d dif­fer­ent di­ets in dif­feren dif­fer­ent places. Lie #4 #4: Our needs are the same in 2016 as they were 100,00 100,000 years ago. This is pure in­san­ity. Hu­mans, pla plants and an­i­mals ha have all evolved du dur­ing this time. Lie #5: Pa­leo d di­et­ing de­liv­ers more nu­tri­tion. Three large-for­mat a analy­ses of this claim h have all re­jected it. Nu­tri­tion, like so m many things, is more com com­pli­cated than a sou sound bite. Just beca be­cause we’re rich enou enough in Australia in 2016 to in­dulge in this kind of sillin silli­ness does not make us bette bet­ter peo­ple.

‘‘ Pa­leo, in fact al­most every fad diet, is bunkum

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