Paleo diet - that's the name of a weight loss trend from Hollywood. What is behind it? In the Paleo diet, which is also referred to as the Stone Age diet, only those foods are allowed, which were already accessible to our ancestors in the Stone Age. Thus, during the diet, especially a lot of fruit, vegetables and meat on the table. We will introduce you to the Paleo diet with delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, we reveal the good reasons for, but also speak against the Paleo diet.
Basics of the Stone Age diet
The Paleo diet is based on the assumption that our genetic material has hardly changed since the Stone Age. Therefore - argue the proponents - is the Stone Age nutrition the only right diet. After all, our genes have adapted to this diet for millions of years.
Allegedly, the carbohydrate-poor diet in the Stone Age should have contributed to the fact that Homo sapiens could develop into a modern human being. Today stone-age advocates see a chance to prevent lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
This is how the Paleo diet works
With the Paleo diet, only foods that were already available to our ancestors - and that before they settled down - are brought to the table. Therefore, dairy and cereal products should be avoided as much as possible during the diet. Even industrially manufactured foods such as ready meals, sugar or alcohol are taboo.
Instead, the focus is on fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, mushrooms and herbs. Also fish and seafood are allowed. The most important dietary role, however, is meat consumption, which is said to have been significantly higher in our ancestors than it is today.
Tip: Those who like it can supplement stone age nutrition with insects, worms and larvae. These in the western world but quite getting used to food are not mandatory.
Stone Age Nutrition: Tasty recipes
Here are three recipes to test the Paleo diet for a day.
Breakfast: For breakfast there are mushrooms with scrambled eggs: Slice 300 grams of brown mushrooms and chop an onion. Fry the onion briefly in a pan and then add the mushrooms to the stew. Then prepare the eggs from two eggs.
Having lunch: Sliced meat for lunch: Cut 200 grams of beef steak into thin strips and fry the meat. Quarter ten cherry tomatoes and cut two spring onions into fine rings. Add the spring onions to the beef and fry the onions for a short time. Then add the tomatoes and stir well again.
Dinner: For dinner, there is a crispy chicken salad: For the salad, cut 120 grams of chicken into small pieces and sauté. Good for the salad, for example, are the remains of half a chicken.
Also cut 300 grams of radishes, 200 grams of tomatoes, 100 grams of carrots and 100 grams of kohlrabi into fine pieces. Then mix some olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs of the season with a dressing and give this over the salad.
Strictly speaking, olive oil should not be used to fry or mix the dressing in the Paleo diet. Instead of the oil, you can then resort to water.
Criticism: Arguments for the Paleo diet
- The basis of the Paleo diet are healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and nuts. It is also positive that seasonal foods are preferred.
- Unhealthy foods such as sweets, alcohol or fast food are completely prohibited - after all, such industrially manufactured products were not available to our ancestors.
- The Paleo diet is easy to perform because there are no quantity restrictions. Also annoying calorie counting is not necessary.
- If one believes experience reports, with strict observance of the Steinzeiternährung sets itself particularly in the first weeks a fast weight loss.
Meanwhile, there are some studies that certify the Paleo diet has a positive impact on our body. According to a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, Stone Age nutrition can positively impact our blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to a study from the 'Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism', the Stone Age diet is also supposed to provide a particularly good satiety and effectively prevent obesity.