May 22 2013
Have you heard the new diet craze Paleo Diet? Are you doing it?
The Paleo Diet was brought to our attention by Dr. Cordain, who has a PhD in Health. While doing the Paleo Diet one does not consume any of the following: whole grains, refined sugars, dairy, legumes, potatoes, processed foods and salt. One does consume the following: fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (except for peanuts), fish, grass produced meats and healthy oils (flax, olive, coconut).
I appreciate what this way of eating has to offer, except that I see nothing wrong with eating whole grains, potatoes and peanuts, with some exceptions of course. One does need to watch the portion size and how often they are consuming these products. Three to four servings of whole grains a day is sufficient. Potatoes are loaded with potassium and by eating the skin you are flooding your tissues with antioxidants. I say, go for the plain baked potato that can fit in the palm of your hand once or twice a week. All-natural peanut butter (the kind with oil on the top that you have to stir in) is one of the best sources of monounsaturated fat, the healthy fat that helps to decrease the fat around our organs and lower bad cholesterol. Roasted and salted peanuts in a jar or can are not so great.
If you are going to try the Paleo Diet, please think about doing a modified Paleo and keeping whole grains and limiting meat.
Kristin Burgess, RD and GATC Nutritionist