Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet - Slender Kitchen

Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

Like an diet, the Paleo Diet comes with its own list of pros and cons and its own share of controversy as it grows in popularity. Like any diet, it is important to consider these in relation to your lifestyle and goals to determine if the Paleo Diet is good fit for you.

Pros of the Paleo Diet

  • No calorie counting or portion control
  • Diet is rich in soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fat, and low-glycemic carbohydrates.
  • Clean diet without added preservatives, additives, or artificial ingredients
  • Naturally gluten free and mostly sugar free, aside from natural sugars in fruits and vegetables
  • Many anti-inflammatory benefits from removing gluten and increasing plant based foods
  • Most people experience weight loss and maintain a lean build
  • Most people consume more iron due to the increase in red meat and dark leafy greens
  • People report feeling more full, likely due to increased fat and protein intake
  • Many people report higher levels of energy and generally “feeling better”

Cons of the Paleo Diet

  • Diet is low in calcium, Vitamin D, and other nutrients usually found in dairy and whole grain
  • Fat intake normally increases especially when meat is the center of the diet instead of vegetables and fruits
  • Can be extremely difficult for vegetarians since the diet doesn’t include whole grains or beans
  • Currently there is a lack of research about how healthy the diet is and a lot of controversy about whether it is healthy to cut out all whole grains and dairy
  • Expensive - can be pricey due to the generally high cost of produce, meats, seafood, and nuts
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