Diet… I really don’t like that word but for the purposes of this post I’m going to use it.
So the U.S. News & World Report has come out with its annual best and worst diet rankings and SURPRISE SURPRISE out of 28 diets Paleo has come out on the bottom. I mean geez I didn’t see that one coming from a mile away!
I won’t go through all of the diets that are ranked since this blog post would turn into an essay and I’m sure you don’t want to be reading for that long but I definitely suggest taking a look at the diets that are featured.
It’s the same old story… eat low-fat dairy, eat lots of whole grains, don’t eat red meat, STAY AWAY from saturated fats, eat LOTS of margarine and vegetable oil and stay away from that butter!
I mean they’ve even ranked the Slim Fast Diet above Paleo…. Uhhhhh can someone explain to me how a diet that comes from eating three snacks (half a banana, a pear, or a Slim-Fast Snack Bar, two Slim-Fast meal replacements (a bar or a shake) and one 500-calorie meal (this from the website) is better than eating whole fruits, vegetables, good quality meats and fats and removing all processed/packaged foods which is part of the Paleo ‘diet’?
Even diets based on prepackaged foods take a higher ranking over Paleo like The Nutrisystem diet. I wasn’t aware that eating prepackaged foods was better for you than cooking your own… since you know the Paleo ‘diet’ emphasises eating food that doesn’t come in a box with a label full of ingredients that you can’t understand!
Then there are the vegan and vegetarian diets that also take a higher position on the ranking. One of the most well-known ones being the Engine 2 Diet which shuns animal products because of their “artery-clogging saturated fat”…. Oh dear I better get myself to the hospital I think I’m going to die of a heart attack any second now!
I’m going to say it and I might get some people commenting and saying I’m wrong but I don’t care you NEED to eat animal products… good quality fats from grass-fed cows like ghee or butter, grass-fed meats, pasture raised chicken and pork. You need to eat things like liver from grass-fed/pastured animals, home made bone broths (yes even if they cause you accidents in the kitchen!)
Grass-fed beef for example is high in B-vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin K, and trace minerals like magnesium, calcium, and selenium. Sure you could supplement certain vitamins like say vitamin B-12 but it’s not going to be the best form of the vitamin plus things like liver from grass-fed animals contain not only B-12 but things like folate as well.
If you can’t get access to grass-fed meats you aim for the leanest cuts of meat and remove as much of the fat as possible. Why? Not because we fear fat but because meat that has been raised in a factory farm setting and fed things like corn, soy, cereals and other grains i.e. meat from animals that have not been allowed to roam around eating naturally have toxins stored in their fat which is why it’s important to remove.
Basically there are certain key nutrients that you can’t get from eating a vegan/vegetarian diet that shun evil meat!
I could go on and on but for now I’ll leave you with this article that followed the U.S. News & World Report ranking of diets with a response as to why Paleo shouldn’t be featured last on the list. Have a read. It addresses some of the concerns re Paleo that the ranking system seems to have. Plus there’s a plethora of other websites, blogs, books etc that address all of these issues and more.
Finally… I’m not here to jump down anyone’s throat about having to start eating Paleo! I eat this way because I enjoy it and I don’t feel deprived of anything but sometimes I can’t just sit back while the ‘low-fat evil saturated fat train’ keeps moving along.
What are your thoughts on all this?