Why You Should Eat Like Your Ancestors
The Paleo diet—also sometimes called the “caveman diet”—is it good for you or bad for you? Research has been mixed and controversial. Now a new study shows that eating like a hunter-gatherer can improve heart health in just 8 weeks.
While some believe this eating plan—which is high in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, nuts and seeds, and plant-based oils—is optimal, others argue that since our ancestors only lived 35 years or so, the Paleo diet may not be the best way to live a long, healthy life. However, this new study showed that it can increase levels of a blood marker called interleukin-10 (IL-10). Low levels of this marker indicate an increased heart attack risk.
Study participants switched from a typical Western diet to a Paleo diet for 8 weeks. At the end of the study period, researched measured IL-10 levels and found an average increase of 35 percent. According to researchers, these early results are promising.
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