Paleo Benefit #7 | Limits Fructose

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Kiwi is packed with Vitamin C
The paleo diet recognizes that the human body digests fructose differently than other carbs. It's this reason that the paleo diet suggests limiting and strategically choosing the perfect fruit for the job!

Skip the banana and eat a kiwi instead!

Unless you know what you're doing, limit yourself to 2-3 pieces of fruit per day.


Scientific Proof

"...chronically high consumption of fructose in rodents leads to hepatic and extrahepatic insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and high blood pressure"

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Paleo Benefit #8 | Better Digestion and Absorption

The paleo diet suggests eating foods that you’ve adapted the ability to digest over thousands of years. There are no questions whether or not you can tolerate starch or grass-fed beef. You’re ancestors both survived and thrived off these foods.

If you are having digestion problems, try a strict paleo diet for 30 days and you will feel better, guaranteed. 

Scientific Proof

“Fermented foods, ranging from sauerkraut to yogurt, are increasingly being seen as a boon to the gut—and in turn to benefits not only for digestive health but possibly also for allergies and even weight loss”

http://www.nutritionletter.tufts.edu

Paleo Benefit #9 | Less Allergies

The paleo diet suggests that you minimize foods that are known to be allergens to certain societies. Some people incapable of digesting seeds (grain) and dairy which is why the paleo diet recommends that you remove these foods at least for a month (unless the milk is raw).

People often bash the paleo diet because we don’t eat “whole grains” and this couldn't be further from the truth. The truth is simply that grains aren't the best tool for the job, so we avoid them most of the time, but not always. If you are an athlete, you probably should be eating a cup of oats every now and then. 

We aren't haters here at Paleo [Evolved], we just aspire to be the best we can be, and that starts with choosing quality foods.

Scientific Proof

"Reported raw milk consumption was inversely associated to asthma"

http://www.jacionline.org

Paleo Benefit #10 | Reduce Inflammation 

Research suggests that inflammation may be the leading factor behind cardiovascular disease. The great thing about the paleo diet is that a lot of the foods are anti-inflammatory so you will me minimizing your risk.

The large focus on omega 3 fatty acids is one of the reasons the diet is so anti-inflammatory. Pasture-raised animals have a much better ratio of omega 3 to 6 ratios and the other veggies and herbs encouraged with the paleo diet will help as well!

Scientific Proof

“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis”

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids

Paleo Benefit #11 | More Energy

Every wonder why energy drinks have become so popular in the last decade? It’s because everybody’s diet sucks!

A typical American breakfast consists of a sugar coffee matched with a muffin or bagel with cream cheese. Not only will this eventually lead to type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, it won’t even keep you satiated!

With the paleo diet you strategically choose the right foods for any occasion.

Scientific Proof

“Eating foods with a low glycemic index — whose sugars are absorbed slowly — may help you avoid the lag in energy that typically occurs after eating quickly absorbed sugars or refined starches”

http://www.health.harvard.edu

Paleo Benefit #12 | Weight Loss

The paleo diet is a low carb diet by design. Simply removing processed foods will drastically reduce your carb intake to fuel weight loss.

By limiting carbs to around workout times you will avoid unwanted fat gain which is often caused by these excess carbs!

Scientific Proof

“…and many of the foods that increase disease risk—chief among them, refined grains and sugary drinks—are also factors in weight gain”

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-causes/diet-and-weight

Paleo Benefit #13 | Increased Insulin Sensitivity

If you had ice cream with every meal, every day for six months, I guarantee you that eventually you would start hating ice cream. Whenever a bowl of ice cream would be put in front of your face, you would kindly reject it. 

Well the same is true for your body. When you constantly feed your body cheap, sugary foods (like the typical American diet) your body desensitizes itself to them because it doesn't want or need them.

Your body only needs so much energy, and when you reach that threshold your cells reject the fuel and store it as fat. If this happens for too long you will develop insulin sensitivity which means your body will be incapable of recognizing when your cells are full or not.

Scientific Proof

“Even short-term consumption of a paleolithic type diet improves BP and glucose tolerance, decreases insulin secretion, increases insulin sensitivity and improves lipid profiles without weight loss in healthy sedentary humans”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Paleo Benefit #14 | Reduce Risk of Disease

The paleo diet isn’t perfect, but the main focus is to avoid foods that can potentially harm your health. The paleo diet makes it easy to avoid crap foods by giving you a simple blueprint; only eat what a caveman would be able to eat.

While this isn’t perfect, it will ensure you eat whole foods, and limit your risk for disease by avoiding the foods known to cause them!

Scientific Proof

“All populations appear to develop diseases of civilization if they consume Western foods and have sedentary lifestyles. It therefore seems prudent for modern-day humans to remember their evolutionary heritage and to increase their intake of vegetables and fruits and to decrease their intake of animal fats and domesticated grains. The Paleolithic diet might be the best antidote to the unhealthy Western diet”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Paleo Benefit #15 | Shrink Those Fat Cells

Most people don’t realize that fat cells shrink and expand based on your diet. A lean person doesn’t have less fat cells, they simply have smaller cells.

In order to keep your fat cells tiny you must choose healthy fats and limit your carb intake; all things the paleo diet suggests!

Healthy fats are packed tightly together within your cells and are readily available for energy when you are insulin sensitive.

It’s basic synergy at work here; the paleo diet naturally provides the foods that will add muscle and keep you insulin sensitive which will ensure your fat cells stay compact. The avoidance of carbs will ensure your cells stay healthy and able to burn that fat! 

Scientific Proof

“As triglycerides are stored within a cell, the fat blob inside the cell expands, increasing the cell's diameter. If enough fat cells in a body region enlarge this way, that part of the body begins to look fat”

http://www.urmc.rochester.edu

Conclusion

After reviewing the list, it’s easy to see why the paleo diet is the best diet for your health. You can’t argue against it!

I could have made the list 10x longer if I wanted to; I could have told you that the paleo diet will improve your skin and help with acne, and even cure your asthma if that’s an issue.

There is no reason you shouldn’t be following the paleo diet or at least using it as a base for your dietary choices. It makes it so easy and not to mention it sounds pretty cool when you tell your friends you “went paleo”.
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