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On the Paleo Diet -
I just read a book on the Paleo diet because several people whose opinion I respect keep talking about it. However, my inner critic began arguing with it before I had even finished the Introduction. Like all diet systems, it seeks to prove it is the One and Only, and goes in search of a scientific theory to back its case up, but there are holes in the logic of that scientific argument large enough to drive a bus through. Principally, if modern obesity and diseases are the result of the agricultural revolution, 10,000 years ago, why did they not manifest until 30 years ago -
I find it hard to believe that paleolithic people were efficient enough hunters to eat meat three times a day, without any means of storage, or that nuts or eggs (both easily collectable, storable and transportable) were not a major part of their diet. We are told repeatedly that all hunter-
The Paleo diet doesn't challenge the dominance of the supermarket. Diet systems don't, because the diet industry is part of the food industry. It recommends doing one's hunting and gathering in the supermarket aisles. A pork chop and salad is suggested for breakfast, but if that pork chop is industrially produced, then it will be full of antibiotics and growth hormones, of poor quality and full of bad fats, and the salad will be elderly, packed in gas to keep it looking fresh, have pesticide residues and be nutritionally poor. You might well lose weight because it is low calorie and doesn't disrupt your blood sugar like cornflakes or toast, but it won't solve health problems.
It's a myth perpetuated by agrobusiness that we need GM and industrial farming to feed our growing population -
Here's my suggestion for a real modern hunter-
And never read diet books!