What is the AIP diet?

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - Source: thep­a­le­o­mom.com

The Au­toim­mune Pro­to­col diet was pop­u­lar­ized by Sarah Bal­lan­tyne, thep­a­le­o­mom.com, who has writ­ten books and cook­books on the Pa­leo diet. She holds a Ph.D. in med­i­cal bio­physics from the Univer­sity of West­ern On­tario. In her books and on her web­site, she re­counts her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with Hashimoto thy­roidi­tis, weight is­sues, asthma and skin con­di­tions, all of which she says were im­proved by the Pa­leo diet, which she adopted in 2011.

She saw fur­ther im­prove­ments when she adopted the AIP diet. It is much like the Pa­leo diet, which gen­er­ally elim­i­nates grains, legumes, pota­toes, sugar and dairy, with the ex­cep­tion of grass-fed but­ter. It en­cour­ages eat­ing or­gan meats, fish and seafood, a wide va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles, fruits (lim­it­ing the amount of fruc­tose), con­nec­tive tis­sue in food items such as bone broth and pro­bi­otic foods such as veg­etable fer­ments.

How­ever, the AIP diet ex­cludes veg­eta­bles be­lieved to “ex­cite” the im­mune sys­tem — that in­cludes night­shades such as toma­toes and pep­pers (also, spices such as pa­prika). In ad­di­tion, nuts and seeds (in­clud­ing spices in seed form, co­coa, cof­fee and grain-like seeds such as quinoa or mil­let) are elim­i­nated, as are eggs. Ste­via is also for­bid­den.

Though some ad­her­ents swear by the diet, Bon­nie Jort­berg at Univer­sity of Colorado School of Medicine notes that there is “zero” med­i­cal re­search sup­port­ing the idea that the diet is ef­fec­tive.

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