The Paleo Diet – Origins, Trivia, and Dispelling Myths

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If you’re an avid reader of our blog, you might have noticed that we have a special place in our hearts for the Paleolithic Diet. Not only has many of our staff adopted the diet, but we’ve also seen our member’s numbers change as they’ve cut out the carbs, chucked the processed foods, and switched to grass-fed meats.

Whether or not you’re still skeptical of this way of eating, you can’t deny the Paleo Diet, based on the way humans originally ate, has become wildly popular. With popularity comes misconception and confusion, so the people over at Medical Billing and Coding recently released an informative infographic on the diet’s origins, little known facts, and which foods are allowed. It’s so good we just had to share it! You’ll find it at the end of this post, but first we wanted to highlight a few of the key take-aways.

Paleo Trivia

  • Seems like Paleo just popped up on the scene, huh? Actually, the diet originally became popular in 1970 by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin.
  • Don’t know where to start with Paleo cuisine? Grab a cookbook. More and more are popping up on Amazon.
  • Most people learn about the Paleo diet through the Internet (52%).
  • The Paleolithic Era (the time from which the Paleo diet is based) ended about 10,000 year ago with the development of architecture. It lasted 2.5 million years.
  • Cooking is allowed on the Paleo diet, though some people choose not to.
  • Potatoes aren’t allowed on the Paleo diet. Luckily, however, sweet potatoes are actually in a different group, and are actually encouraged (and we’re very happy about that).

Health Benefits

According to the 2012 Naturally Engineered survey, a large majority of readers says that while on the Paleo diet, they’ve noticed improved overall health and improved energy. The infographic does a great job of visualizing the health benefits, so we won’t spoil it for you. After checking it out, see our article How the Paleo DIet Can Aid Athletic Performance for more benefits!

Popular Paleo Myths, Debunked

  • It’s too expensive – On a budget? Buy in bulk and freeze the extra. Prepare foods yourself rather than buying pre-made.
  • It’s too strict – This could be said about any new regimen if you just jump into it! Naturally Engineered recommends easing into the transition by committing only a few days out of the week at first, or eating Paleo only 80% of the time.
  • Didn’t cavemen die young? – Probably, but do you think it was from metabolic disorders or the harsh environments they had to put up with?
  • It’s only a fad – Who knows how overall popularity will shift, but Paleo is meant for long-term health and its proponents are in it for life!

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