This post originally appeared on the Emory Office of Health Promotion Blog.
If you could put yourself on a diet that promised increased energy, flawless skin, and a scientific basis–all with limited calorie counting–would you? Plenty of people have done just that by adopting the Paleo diet, supposedly based of the diet of our paleolithic ancestors.
The diet advocates cutting out two major things: sugar and gluten. The logic is that neither refined sugar nor harvested wheat were available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors prior to about 10,000 years ago, when humans started intensive agriculture.
Though 10,000 years seems like a lot, in the scheme of human evolution it’s a drop in the genetic bucket, and Paleo proponents argue that human bodies have not caught up with these fairly recent dietary changes.