What You Need to Know About the Paleo Diet

I'm a Vegetarian -- Can I Still Follow This Diet?

Short answer -- it would be nearly impossible for a vegetarian or vegan to follow the Paleo diet. This diet excludes the very substances that vegans and vegetarians get their calories from -- that is, legumes such as beans, peas, soy, and lentils and whole grains.
Proponents for the Paleo diet suggest that those who consume high amounts of legumes and whole grains are adding a high concentration of antinutrients into their body, which may cause a condition known as "leaky gut syndrome." Those who support the Paleo way of eating suggest that leaky gut syndrome is what leads to inflammation, autoimmune disease, heart disease, and cancer -- not to mention the vitamin, mineral, and nutrient deficiencies that may follow.

Is the Paleo Diet Right for Me?

While our human bodies may be genetically designed to follow the Paleo diet, not everyone is a caveman anymore and this diet may not be safe for some people. When deciding whether to try this plan, you may want to start by looking at the foods you can and can't eat. If you can live without some of the major food groups, then this may be a good diet option for you. However, weighing the pros and cons of this diet can help you decide whether this is effective and safe for your particular situation.
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