HEALTH BENEFITS

HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE PALEO DIET

As a nutritionist, here are some potential benefits and cons of the paleo diet;

The benefits

A high plant-based diet increases the fiber and other nutrients that can aid in blood glucose management.

Regular intake of the paleo diet can boost insulin sensitivity.

Increased consumption of healthy foods with limited intake of salt, dairy products, and processed foods can aid in abdominal fat loss and general body fat reduction.

Lower cases of illnesses related to foods increase your lifespan.

It can better your satiety and lower hunger feelings which aid in weight loss.

Ideal for regulating and keeping blood pressure at bay.

Cons

Consuming high amounts of saturated fats found in animal proteins can trigger an increase in unhealthy cholesterol levels, which are not good for general health.

Limiting dairy and whole grains foods consumption can lower your intake of dietary fiber, calcium, protein, and other essential nutrients.

It might be quite challenging for people on a vegan diet as it excludes legumes such as beans.

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