Bellevue – After reading “A dissenting view on the Paleo Diet” by Kristal Lowe, RD, published Sunday, July 20, 2014 in the Seattle Times, as your Bellevue chiropractor, my thoughts merrit a brief response:
The paleo diet is based on eating a similar diet to our ancestors that lived before the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago. This diet is based on vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and high quality unprocessed meats. The premise is that our bodies were designed for this environment and have not had enough time through the evolutionary process to adapt to the dramatic changes in food over the last 10,000 years, and especially in the last 100 years.
I disagree with several points of the Seattle Times article, the primary is its criticism stating that the diet lacks substantial fiber and carbohydrates. The paleo diet, although heavy in animal proteins and fats, is vegetable based. Vegetables are generally characterized by their high fiber content. Although some vegetables are not large contributors of digestible carbohydrate, there are excellent sources of carbohydrate starches that are available. The go to food item in the paleo diet is the sweet potato.
If decreasing systemic inflammation and reducing the high blood sugar levels associated with cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease is important to you, seriously consider the paleo diet. In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons.
Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Cummins, whose office is located at 4122 Factoria Blvd. SE, Suite 202, Bellevue, WA (telephone 425-590-9158).
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