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Paleo Diet: Risk for High Cholesterol According To Study

Paleo Diet and High Cholesterol

paleos-dietThe Paleo Diet has been marketed as being an extremely healthy way to eat that provides the body with proper nutrition that works with people’s genetics, helping them stay lean, strong, and energetic. As part of this diet, people consume lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, and healthy, fats that come from avocados, nuts, seeds, fish oil, grass-fed meat, and olive oil.

Appearing to be a sound diet for losing unwanted pounds and maintaining healthy weight compared to the majority of other diets being promoted, millions of people have adopted the Paleo Diet plan. According to the diet’s creator, the foods consume reportedly reduce risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but also boosts the body’s immune system.

That all sounds great but according to findings of a new study, the Paleo Diet, also called the Paleolithic Diet, Caveman Diet, Stone Age Diet, Hunter-Gatherer Diet, and Paleodiet, increases the risk for developing high cholesterol or causing it to worsen. Just published, information gathered from this study suggests that people following the Paleo Diet are actually at risk for high cholesterol, which can lead to an array of very serious health problems.

While foods such as eggs, fish, meat, poultry, shellfish, fruits and nuts, and non-starchy yellow, orange, and green vegetables are allowed, potatoes, grains, and legumes are off limits. The concept of the Paleo Diet comes from eating habits associated with the Paleolithic era approximately 10,000 to 2.5 million years ago.

The new study published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, associated unfavorable changes to blood lipids in healthy individuals who adopted the Paleo Diet. As part of this study, 44 healthy adults were placed on the “Paleo Diet”, which consisted of eating fish, eggs, nuts, lean meat, fruit, and vegetables, coupled with a circuit training program.

During the 10-week study, researchers and the study’s author noted that LDL, which is bad cholesterol, increased by 12.5 mg/dL but in addition, total cholesterol rose by 10.1 mg/dL. While there was also an increase in triglycerides, it was only slight. However, the most fascinating aspect was discovering negative changes in people who had been the healthiest of all participants prior to starting the study.

Even more disturbing, it was noted by The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that any marked improvements associated with the circuit training program might be cancelled out by following the Paleo Diet.

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