Not so long ago entered the fashion paleo, allowing a person to return to the distant roots in the choice of food, does more harm than good, and most importantly, helps to lose weight, but rather leads to obesity. This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by experts from the University of Melbourne.
Paleo is also known as Paleolithic diet or “caveman diet”. Whoever decided to stick to it, must eat only food that was available to man in ancient times — meat, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts and so on. The advocates of this diet believe that it helps protect the body from the problems which are widespread in our time, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and most autoimmune diseases. However, the results of scientific studies suggest otherwise, reports rttnews.com.
Scientists chose for his experiment of laboratory mice and divided them into two groups. The first group received a diet of high-fat, low — carbohydrates — so eat those who adhere to the Paleolithic diet. Another control group fed a more balanced diet. For both groups, the researchers observed for eight weeks.
At the end of the experiment mice, which scientists are forced to stick to the analogue paleodiet, increased in weight by about 15 percent, and adipose tissue from 2 percent of the weight of their body was to be 4 per cent. According to Sofa Andrikopoulos, lead author of the study, a similar result can be compared with the situation in which a person weighing 100 pounds would have got another 15 pounds in two months “diet”.
Scientists remind us that obesity is dangerous not only in itself, but also presents many other problems because it can increase blood pressure, cause problems with bones and arthritis, as well as to manifest anxiety and depression. So, paleo might have a negative impact on most of the indicators, which it aims to improve.
The work of researchers published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes.