The Stone Age Diet has many names: the Paleolithic Diet, the Paleo Diet, the Prehistoric Diet, the Caveman diet, or the Hunter-Gatherer Diet.
It claims that we are ‘designed’ to consume ‘hunter-gatherer’ foods such as: Meat, Eggs and Seafood (fish and shellfish), Vegetables, Root vegetables and Fruits that can be eaten raw, Nuts and Seeds, Herbs and spices, Honey, Maple sugar and Date sugar (natural sugars)
It claims that we are not designed to eat foods such as: Grains and Legumes, Tofu and Soy milk, Root vegetables that cannot be eaten raw (potato, tapioca, parsnips, sweet potato, yam), Separated fats and oils, and Refined sugars, Salt, Baked foods, Juices, Sodas, Coffee, Dairy products, Processed meats and Alcohol.
The Stone-age diet helps in fat loss by revving up slow metabolism:
- First-class animal proteins (lean meats, eggs and fish) help increase body’s lean metabolically active tissues
- High-fibre carbohydrates (vegetables, salads and fruits) rev up body’s metabolism, stabilize insulin levels and optimize its functioning
However, it is an imbalanced diet as it is totally cutting out two important food groups -Cereals and Milk Products
- Exclusion of cereals deprives the body of complex carbohydrates which are important sources of energy, fibre and B-complex vitamins
- Exclusion of milk products deprives the body of highest quality casein protein, vitamins such as riboflavin, and minerals such as calcium.
Today’s proponents of the stone-age diet actively encourage a high-fat diet, including saturated fats, arguing that in the absence of carbohydrates, fat is not ‘fattening’.
Saturated fats accelerate the degenerative processes of aging and disease by hardening our cells, slowing down body’s working, making cells unresponsive to insulin and increasing cholesterol levels.
A Stone-Age Diet would be ideal only if modified to:
- Low glycemic load of restricted whole cereals (not excluded)
- Good quality fats such as omega-3 from fish and flaxseed and avoiding saturated fats and trans-fats
(This is an original article written by Gauri Murthy)