Thursday, 23 December 2010

Sign O' the (LA) Times

'Paleo' is losing its 'fad diet' tag.  I have reservations about the word 'diet' being used in conjunction with the 'paleo framework' because it suggests some kind of 'temporary artificial manipulation' of nutritional intake to lose weight.  And, as paleo eating does not fixate on calorie restriction, this rubs hard against the wider wisdom that we need to 'eat less and do more!'

But there is a change coming.  There is wider recognition that grains and sugar are a serious problem in obesity.  From the LA Times:
  • Most people can count calories. Many have a clue about where fat lurks in their diets. However, fewer give carbohydrates much thought, or know why they should.

    But a growing number of top nutritional scientists blame excessive carbohydrates — not fat — for America's ills. They say cutting carbohydrates is the key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
There is little understanding of the underlying hormonal and metabolic factors at play - there is still the fixation of calories in vs calories out, but at least word is spreading.  Think Cluedo; the is an awareness 'the crime' was in the library with the lead-piping. Give them time and they'll work out that it was Professor Plum!

Such stories are an important step in moving the paleo philosophy above 'diet' and so 'fad'.  As other stream of learning such as Evolutionary Biology develop, and new streams of learning arise (such as Evolutionary Medicine), the paleo framework can only become more robust.

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