People have always been concerned with the foods that they put in their bodies for as long as diets have been around. What’s healthy, how much should we be eating, and where are we getting our food? These are the questions that we are asking every day.
With these concerns, people are debating in which diet they should take. There is two popular diet styles right now, which is Paleo and Vega. In this article we are going to see the difference between both of them.
Vegan say no to any and all foods that come from an animal. Vegans do not eat dairy, bee’s honey or chicken’s eggs. The protein will come from vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, soy and legumes. Moreover, Vegans eat fruits and those lesser-known grains like quinoa.
It is common to hear vegan referred to as ‘the plant-based diet’. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, people who choose to be vegan usually bear lower cholesterol, lower chances of developing diabetes, and lower risk surrounding hypertension than people on non-Vegan diets.
Paleo means that you’re eating the foods of cavemen and women since it is modeling what it was like during the Paleolithic period before anyone knew how to plant crops. Any animal product is allowed and cooked in any way.
Bread and sugars are ruled out because there are no such ingredients back in that period, so you can’t include any ingredient that a caveman wouldn’t have known in this diet. Paleo diets normally avoid dairy products because it comes from possessed cows.
Paleo dieters understand that they eat more fat and protein than it is normally recommended, they can consume 39% of calories from fat and 38% of calories from protein. While on average people consume 35% for both fat and protein. This diet also referred to as the ‘hunter and gatherer’ or as mentioned before ‘caveman’ diet.
Veganism says goodbye to all the saturated fats in animals. These fats can raise you cholesterol levels and chances for heart diseases. Since it is a raw-plant based diet it is beneficial for improving energy levels, alkalizing your body, and reversing certain types of diseases and certain type of cancer.
It should be noted that Vegans can eat processed foods that do not include animal byproducts, so saturated fats may be found in those foods. There are some vegans that live to be over 100 years old, and they addressed their deficiencies. Their digestive system was healthy enough that it helped produced for them.
Paleo steps away from refined sugars/carbs, so Paleo dieters see lower cholesterol as well. Those refined carbohydrates leads to diabetes and weight gain, therefore avoiding all that is a plus.
This hunter-gatherer lifestyle makes you get more minerals, more omega-3 fats, more protein and healthier fats overall in your diet. Since this diet you’re getting fruits and vegetables the Paleo diet can be great. If the Paleo diet is followed correctly, it’s been shown to help improve autoimmune illness and support weight loss.
Both diets omit dairy elements this makes bone-strengthening calcium become an area of deficiency for the Vegan and the Paleo dieter. Taking supplement is needed to gather the calcium you need from things like kale and other greens and even fortified soy milk.
The need of Vitamin D is also a concerned for these two diets but spending 10 minutes outside 2-3 times per week will help, but don’t use any sunscreen.
Doing a vegan diet for a long term can make it very difficult to get proper amount of amino acids and zinc. Vegans tend to be very deficient in B vitamins and the right type of amino acids, taking a good quality vitamin B12 supplement or a B complex to address those deficiencies. Also supplementing with protein powders will help this diet.
Paleo dieters consume a little bit too much meat as well as some toxic animal substances. The organic in this diet is not stressed enough, for example consuming conventional butter and fried bacon can be considered a Paleo diet.
Research also found both from ancient texts as well as modern-day science, pork carries parasites it is why pork should be avoid even though some Paleo community is recommending to eat a lot of it.
Another recommendation is eating a lot of shrimp but shrimp are bottom feeders. According to the Water Watch Survey, shrimp nutrition facts are pretty scary and researchers found that shrimp were by far the most toxic of all animals of the sea.
Paleo vs Vegan
|- Focuses on consuming primarily lean meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.||- Focuses on the consumption of real plants vegetables, fruits, grains, seed and nuts, and healthy fats.|
|- Have lower risks of autoimmune disease and obesity||- lower rates of obesity, less risks of disease and illness.|
|- High ability to lose weight and maintain a strong, lean physique.||- Higher rates of longevity|
According to Dr. Michael Greger, humans consumed 95% if not more of plant foods prior to caveman times. While Shivam Joshi, MD says that humans survived by adapting to harsh environments by eating meat. However this does not necessarily mean that our biology requires us to eat meat in order to survive.
Vegans will of course tell you that completely getting rid of processed foods is a game-changer. Before making a drastic shift to Veganism processed food will be consumed but whole foods are the only way to truly serve your body well.
Paleos will tell you if it is against Vegan for autoimmune disease, the best path is the Paleo diet. The overall health and issues with degenerative diseases have improve according to the dieters. Paleo also say that the diet brings you back to the appetite-control that the ancestors possessed.
Many researchers have come to a common consensus: the more meat in a person’s diet, the higher the risk of disease, including death. Protein from nutrient-rich, plant-based foods is more than enough for the body and is much easier to digest.
Overall both of the diets still have disadvantages for the body, by this we can see that diets still need to be keep tracked and be supported by supplement and maybe some workout. Seeing that many researchers also said that plant-based food gives more advantages to the body, we can say that the winner between these two diets is the Vegan.