Clarity on the Paleolithic Diet

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Medical herbalist Todd Caldecott released an article today titled What is Paleo-Ayurveda? This article provides a concise overview of the paleolithic diet along with deeper considerations for when it is and is not appropriate.  From the article:

According to its proponents, the Paleolithic diet should be good for everyone. After all, it is what we all used to eat, right? But very clearly, as I have seen in my practice, the Paleolithic diet doesn’t work for everyone, and can produce some major problems. But for what seems to be an irreconcilable contradiction among the paleo-proponents, because I also utilize a system like Āyurveda, I can see exactly how the Paleolithic diet causes problems. Stepping out of the paleo-paradigm allows me to see it more clearly, and this is useful: not only because it can inform how to modulate the diet in certain cases, but also because it provides guidance as to when this diet might be contraindicated.

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Paleolithic Diet Decreases Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetes

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Or so says a study from 2009 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Diabetology.

Background: Our aim was to compare the effects of a Paleolithic (‘Old Stone Age’) diet and a diabetes diet as generally recommended on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes not treated with insulin.

Conclusion: Over a 3-month study period, a Paleolithic diet improved glycemic control and several cardiovascular risk factors compared to a Diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes.

For more information visit the study: Beneficial effects of a Paleolithic diet on cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes: a randomized cross-over pilot study.

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