Here’s what I believe: I believe that nature designed human metabolism to be responsive to a wide range of diet types.
Why? Our digestive tracts are longer than herbivores and shorter than carnivores. Like carnivores, we have canine teeth for tearing meat, and, like herbivores, we have molars for grinding vegetables.
What humans have not developed over evolutionary time is the physiology that we would need to optimally metabolize ultra-processed foods that contain high levels of specific partitioned ingredients.
I am pleased to share my latest article in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal (IMCJ) about the advance of a new approach to diet that combines the mild ketosis of paleo with the plant-based benefits of vegetarianism.
This article also marks the publication of Dr. Mark Hyman’s latest book, The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles for Reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritionally Confusing World, and I encourage you to give that a read as well.
‘Til next time.
Why the Pegan Diet Makes Sense
“Among researchers and the public, we have witnessed vocal advocates emerge in support of the paleolithic philosophy of encouraging mild ketosis, while others passionately argue for plant-based vegetarianism. There is now evidence that neither extreme provides superior health benefits in isolation.”