New Study Shows Paleolithic Diets May Be The Way To Go

The Endocrine Society published a study that found a Paleolithic-type diet helped postmenopausal women lose weight and lower their risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is just another in a long line of studies that suggest it's carbs, not fat, we should be avoiding.

The Study

Caroline Blomquist, a doctoral student in the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden, presented the study at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Boston earlier this month.

"Eating a Paleolithic-type diet without calorie restriction significantly improved the fatty acid profile associated with insulin sensitivity, and it reduced abdominal adiposity and body weight in obese postmenopausal women," Blomquist reports. "A Paleolithic-type diet, high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, may have long-term beneficial effects on obesity-related disorders, including reduced risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

What Is A Paleolithic Diet?

As the name suggests, a Paleolithic diet is one that is similar to what Paleolithic humans ate during the stone age. This diet would include lean meats, eggs, nuts, olive oil, avocado, fruits and vegetables.

A Paleolithic diet would not include grain products, such as bread and pasta. Dieters would also avoid highly processed foods, chemicals (such as artificial sweeteners), legumes and milk-based dairy products.

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