Keto vs Paleo Diet: A Review
In search of better health, increased happiness, overcoming disease and an improved lifestyle people are experimenting with restrictive diets with great results. Here's a look at 2 popular diets and how they work.
The Keto and Paleo diets are similar in many ways with a couple differences. Both rely on an abundance of animal fat. Both restrict carbohydrates and highly processed foods.
The Keto diet (Ketogenic) refers to ketones in the body being used for energy. When on this high-fat diet the liver produces ketones from fat to supply all parts of the body with energy, especially the brain. When the body is running on ketones, it becomes easier to lose body fat because of low insulin levels. This provides a steady supply of energy for the body to remain focused all day without “crashing” after a high carbohydrate meal. Understanding what you can and cannot eat is crucial to staying in ketosis. Unprocessed meats, fish and seafood, eggs, natural fats (including some oils), vegetables, dairy, nuts, and some fruit are permissible on the Keto diet. Foods to avoid are high carbohydrate foods that spike blood sugar. Using the Keto diet effectively can stimulate autophagy in a more efficient manner, which is known to have many benefits on the body. The PURE study conducted by Prof. Salim Yusuf using 218,000 participants, showed that dairy and meat products are beneficial for heart health and longevity. According to Prof. Yusuf, “while these findings may go against traditional beliefs, they are a better reflection of our modern, international dietary habits.” Mike Mutzel of High Intensity Health has a vast amount of research and information on the Internet to help guide you on the Keto diet. He currently releases high quality information and content related to diet, health, nutrition, and performance.
The Paleo diet (Paleolithic) was popularized by Dr. S. Boyd Eaton, a professor of anthropology at Emory University, who believed that an ancestral way of eating was essential for humans to thrive. Also known as the Cavemen diet, the paleo diet emulates pre-agricultural times, where humans mostly hunted wild game. The optimal food for consumption include animals, seafood, nuts, seeds, wild fruits and vegetables - as these most closely resemble what Hunter Gatherers had access to. Most people prohibit grains of all types, all processed food, dairy, oils, and some vegetables as they require modern agricultural practices to be produced. Hunter-gatherers lived on earth for at least 90% of total human history. One can infer from this that in order to thrive and live optimally it’s more advantageous for humans today to adopt a Paleo diet. This is because the dawn of the agricultural revolution (approximately 10,000 years ago) is known by many to be the advent of modern disease. A study by The Karolinska Institute in Huddinge, Sweden showed the Paleo diet having favorable effects on cardiovascular disease. Both this and the PURE study may ease concerns for people who wrongly connote animal products and a high fat diet to heart disease. A Paleo diet makes perfect sense for anyone suffering from autoimmune issues and those seeking optimal body performance.
The benefits people experience on both diets result in a suppression of autoimmune problems including inflammation, fatigue, and arthritis. This is due to eating more natural, high quality foods that help re-build beneficial gut bacteria. Gut health is crucial to overall well being and longevity. Low-carbohydrate, gluten free protocols (both which fall into Keto and Paleo) are encouraged for people with autoimmune conditions. For example, both Celiac disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis have been shown to be suppressed by people adopting Paleo and Keto diets. Most immediate benefits of both diets include an immune system boost, weight loss, blood sugar control, and energy stability. Whether you are trying the Keto or Paleo diet, Green Owl is here to help. If choosing the Keto diet, we recommend our 100% grass fed dairy that includes cultured butter, raw cheese, raw milk, cottage cheese and cream. Our pastured eggs, wild-caught fish, and pastured meats pair perfectly with our dairy products for an extremely nutritious meal. Those with a dairy sensitivity on a Paleo diet will gravitate toward our chicken, pork, and beef products.
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