Diet Fads: Some Research

Of late, Discovery News has been issuing some reports I feel are worth talking about, about a few diet trends that are out there. I’m skipping the fully bunk Blood-type Diet. It makes no sense because humans aren’t all that different on the inside, even when we are on the outside.

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Since Celiac’s Disease got the press it deserved, lots of people have given up gluten. A great many of them not having Celiac’s or any other form of Gluten intolerance! Is this a bad thing? It can be hard to tell, with so many nutritionists and dietitians supporting the benefits but simultaneously leaning against unnecessary dietary restriction.

Most health benefits people gain from going gluten free are rooted in the overabundance of carbohydrates in the american diet and the lack of such carb-rich choices with gluten free versions. This increases the dependence appropriately towards giving fruits and vegetables the bulk of the calories, which is ideal.

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The Paleo diet, or the consumption of food that our human ancestors ate (lean meats, fish, vegetables and fruit and avoiding grains and legumes).

Too bad science isn’t behind it. Humans are evolved for the foods banned by the paleo diets. Grain and dairy consumption gave some of our ancestors an edge by varying food sources. Eliminating a food group isn’t always a great plan. Analyze your needs carefully when considering things like cutting out all grains. Though I can’t think of anyone who would consider cutting back on processed food a bad thing.


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