Here is a very interesting article written by Dr. David Katz of the Yale Prevention Research Center. In it he discusses the merits of the Paleo diet, but also warns of the “devilish” details in its implementation that people must be aware of. Katz discusses the recent poor ranking of the paleo diet among “diet experts” most of whom scored the diet very low. Katz, however, was one who did not. He does have his caveats for people considering the paleo diet. They are nuanced, but he wants to emphasize they are not criticisms meant to write off the entire diet. Here are some excerpts of his article.
I explained … that I am a proponent of our true ancestral diet, while dubious about its many modern variants. The notion — expressed in much of Prof. Cordain’s own work — that our ancestors ate a lot of meat, has invited modern carnivores to run up their “Paleo diet” banner and claim to be eating under it.
In other words, his criticisms, were not of the paleo diet, but of the diet as used today by heavy meat eaters, not staying true to the concept of “lean meats”.
But they are not, because modern meat is not Stone Age meat. There were no wild corned beef, salamis or pastramis in the Stone Age, so processed meat is certainly off the Paleo diet menu. There were no grain-fed cattle; no pigs fed slop; and no domesticated feed animals raised without demands on their muscles, either.
Feel free to read the rest of the article, it is interesting throughout to get a respected doctor’s opinion of the paleo diet.