Let us make it clear! The Paleo Diet is not ‘set in stone’ (sorry for the unintended pun!). Staffan Lindberg at the Department of Medicine, University of Lund, Sweden posited the principal of what the diet of Paleolithic Man/ Women was likely to constitute and how massively the diet of today has diverged from this. View: Staffan Lindeberg.
The ‘Paleolithic Diet’ is based on what Stone Age man ate compared to what we typically eat now. Research indicates that the Paleo diet improves cardiovascular risk factors in type2 diabetics – significantly more than a standard diabetic diet – i.e. the Paleo diet lowers triglyceride, blood pressure, weight, BMI.
The Paleo Diet is also linked to maintaining good gut microflora and hence supporting digestive disorders such as IBS (IBD) and Crohns Disease.
The Paleo diet includes all foods that CAN be eaten raw (yet there is no need to eat them raw!) and importantly excludes grains, processed foods, dairy & ‘novel’ foods. The logic: grains and beans (etc.) were not eaten by Paleo man as they were not safe to eat raw (at that time). As such today our physiology has no mechanism to use these food sources to good metabolic effect.
The diet is used by many professional nutritionists and their patients with excellent results. Basically there are certain foods you should not eat and so the ultimate recipe choices for each meal are yours based on the right ingredients.