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Mistakes in 'Paleo' Eating

When the new year arrives, the first thing most people do is vow to lose weight, or at the least, to eat a healthier fare of food. One of the current food fads is to eat Paleo — or how our ancient ancestors ate. But in our angst to choose which foods to put on our Paleo plates, we may be missing the mark, from forgetting to include plenty of natural fiber to failing to plan snacks when we plan our meals, The Atlantic says.

The Paleo diet, when done right, can help you in a number of ways, for example, research shows following a Paleo diet that includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, lean meats and plant-based oils for at least eight weeks can benefit your heart. The thing is, when you embark on this diet you need to know how to properly utilize it.

To that end, many people recommend cooking with olive oil rather than butter, which is a terrible recommendation as olive oil will oxidize at high heat. The proper use for olive oil is to consume it at room temperature and drizzled on salads, making sure it’s non-adulterated olive oil, as many are mixed with cheaper rancid omega-6 oils.

Butter, coconut oil or lard are best used for cooking, as these can safely withstand heat without oxidizing or going rancid. Definitely avoid processed vegetable oils and margarines. And, while Paleo critics don’t like the idea of its restrictions on grains and dairy, this is specifically why it’s good for you. In short, the key to a Paleo diet is UNPROCESSED food, which means most grains and bread are out of the picture. Ditto for pasteurized dairy products.
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