Criticism of the Paleo Diet
Hi, XYZ. Your diet caught my eye because it is a polar opposite of my own in just about every way. I believe that Paleo supporters may miss one important fact about human digestion - it lies somewhere between herbivore and carnivore. No cud chewing or second stomach to break down leaves and grasses. But, no abbreviated 10 foot tract to prevent the putrefaction of meat either. IMHO, our compromise of a digestive tract evolved so that humans could handle whatever they came across as scavengers, beach-combers, hunters-gatherers and so on. But, that does not mean that meat and leaves are ideal for human digestion, just that our digestion is a middle ground to handle both extremes to some moderate degree. Foods that digest best over that middle range digestive tract are probably best for humans. Those foods happen to be grains, nuts, root vegetables, fruits and legumes. They best fit those middle-ground omnivorous digestive tracts. Animal products and leaves and grasses are the worst end of things- our digestion compromised to handle them, but both are inefficiently and poorly processed. Not sure if there are studies of the negative effects of putrefying meat and undigested leaves in human digestion beyond praise of insoluble fiber. Just my opinion derived from personal experience and some degree of casual research and knowledge.