Debunking the Biggest Myths About The Paleo Diet


Many people are skeptical whenever change is introduced. And the Paleo Diet, considered a disruptive diet by some, is no exemption. Many awful things have been said about this diet and it’s easy to get confused with what’s true and what’s not.

Contrary to these claims, The Paleo Diet has changed the lives of many people who were brave enough to try it out and discipline themselves to find the many great benefits of eating “caveman-style.”

Let’s debunk some of the common myths about The Paleo Diet. Who knows? One of the myths on this list may just be the very hurdle that’s been keeping you from leading a healthier lifestyle. So let’s get to the meat of it all, shall we?

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Jane DizonJane is a health, fitness, and nutrition enthusiast and blogger. She is a nurse by profession and a writer by passion. She has a soft spot for macadamia chocolate and green tea.

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  1. It is so counterintuitive when people say we aren’t supposed to eat meat. This way of thinking is part of a vegan agenda, which is influenced more by animal activism and environmentalism (which are the only understandable factors), not by science. It should not be difficult to understand, however, that we evolved as omnivores. To ignore this fact is dangerous. There are people like me (I have severe RA and IBS and cannot eat cereal grains and legumes without severe GI reactions. Legumes are vegans main protein source. Even nuts in high quantities hurt my gut) who can only eat Paleo-like foods. We can’t just ignore the scientific fact that humans among other animals fed on meat because we wish to believe we aren’t supposed to be killing and eating the animals we feel badly about eating due to ethical reasons. Should we go to the African Safari and protest that lions are killing and eating animals? Should we protest the universe for being so chaotic and allowing organisms to evolve over billions of years to feed off of each other??

    Instead of relying on the pseudoscience that we aren’t supposed to eat meat (which frankly is ridiculous, sorry), we should focus on more sustainable and humane methods of farming that is better for the environment and more ethical for animals. Let’s face the facts of nature. We are adults. We can’t stop all suffering. It’s not a kind world; it’s a chaotic world. We can, however, ease animal suffering and do things to protect the environment. The lies about meat being bad for you are very dangerous. I can’t believe the vegan extremist movement has been able to get as far as they have. I do see from an ethical standpoint why they are so convincing, but lying to people about how humans evolved to eat and what the healthiest human diet is is way more dangerous. It’s scary, actually. People like me would literally get very sick and maybe even die if they were forced to be vegan. Pseudoscience is so very dangerous!

    Think about something for a moment: We evolved as omnivores eating lean unprocessed meat and vegetables. Do you really truly believe deep down that eating unprocessed meat and vegetables and fruit is unhealthy or a fad diet?? Try saying it out loud in the mirror at least. You might find you sound a bit silly.

  2. Hi. I am very confused & would like to have answers that will be plausible & consvincing. 1 – meats are producing acid ind the body. What about the acid-base balance they are talking about? That acidic foods makes us sick. 2 – what about the heavy metals in fish & other sea animals which are also bad for us? 3 – whre shal I, NOT a rich person who has to count her budget & living in Switzerland find meat from GRASS-FEED animals?! 4 – recently I (56, woman, though using BHRT BUT still have no Dr who REALLY knows how to treat me with this) got finger polyarthrOSIS, not arthritis. WHile a Dr gives NO RECOMMENDATIONS except the pain-killer spray in the internet I find lots of nathuropathic advises about diet also. Besides that they are diffenerent & confusing, they say first of all NO MEATS! Plant food.

    I read your article about the rheumatic arthritis but mine is not rheumatic (although for RHEUMATIC they SURELY recommend PLANT diet..).
    SO what would you say to all that?
    I am tired of trying to find the proper diet. Also I have binge eating disorder & lived more vegetarian & even vegan at times… (originally because of ETHICAL problems. NOW I have ALSO to think about me.. What a sad dilemma 🙁 )
    Thank you very much in case you will help me with your replies.
    P.S: Besides I do not know about the “how much” & my day ends appr. at 02.00. So I get up appr.10.30. How to fit the eating in such a day? Taking in account that late eating is bad as you (this website) wrote here too.

  3. The great thing about eating paleo, whether you eat mainly fruits & vegetables, or meat; it all comes down to what type of foods you should eat and what you should stay away from. I eat more meat than plants, but that’s my preference. Other paleo eaters can choose to eat more plants than meat. There is no set rule to it as far as that goes.

  4. Humans weren’t designed to eat meat. Just look at your teeth, clearly designed for plant consumption. Also meat & dairy are much harder to digest than other foods. Unfortunately there aren’t enough affordable & highly concentrated forms of plant-based protein around. Paleo is a great start but not the “best” you can do for your body.

  5. Good myth debunking. The biggest myth I can’t stand is the life expectancy for Paleolithic people. Have these people ever heard of high infant death mortality? If you take five 75 year olds and five 1 month old babies the overall life span of those ten people is around 38. However this gives us no true accurate sum of how long healthy grown adults lived. Also many mothers died in childbirth. So when you have babies and young mothers dying it drastically skews the life expectancy.

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