I read and hear of a lot of health experts laying claim that Paleo is no better than clean eating. I simply do not agree.
Clean eating has its many benefits. It is in fact very similar to Paleo. Things like moderate protein, good carbs, good fat with each meal and a promotion of veggies with minimal fruit and in some instances an elimination of dairy. In essence, better health and weight loss are the results.
But for me, this is where the benefits of clean eating end. Without going into the grain free, dairy free fun free debate let's just discuss how the effect of Paleo goes much further. A butterfly effect if you will.
Paleo is not only about you as the consumer but the impact on the animal, the environment and takes your health concerns that one bit further.
When you choose to eat in a Paleo way you are eating organically and ethically.
You are saying to the animals:
"I respect that even though you serve a purpose of being on my plate, you still deserve to have whatever time on this earth as a kind and peaceful experience. You shall not exist in a cruel and stressful environment, be fed food that your body is not designed to be fuelled with and then await days, sometimes weeks around the smell of death until it is finally your turn."
Grass fed beef bone broth
You are saying to the land:
" I am consuming you in the way you were designed to be eaten. In a way that will ensure you are still able to grow here in many years to come. To be certain that when I consume you, you are not filling my body with poisons that will eventually find a way to kill me and my family."
Let's be real for a second. Many studies have been carried out that organic food contains the same amount of nutrition that non organic food has. For me this is the deal sealer, it's not about what you ARE getting from your food as much as it's what you are NOT getting from your food.
Look up Chlorpyrifos and Chlorothalonil. Then look up what else it's used for. Then read up about what side effects it has on the human body. That stuff is being sprayed on YOUR food.
If you dont have time to read the whole run downs just take this snippet of the safety handling of Chlorothalonil.
Safety Directions Attacks eyes and skin. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Do not inhale spray mist. Repeated exposure may cause allergic disorders. Sensitive workers should wear protective clothing. When preparing spray and using prepared spray wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist, washable hat, elbow-length PVC gloves and goggles and disposable mist mask or fume face mask covering mouth and nose. If clothing becomes contaminated with product or wet with spray remove clothing immediately. If product on skin immediately wash area with soap and water. If product in eyes, wash out immediately with water. After use and before eating, drinking or smoking, wash hands, arms and face thoroughly with soap and water. After each day's use, wash gloves, goggles and contaminated clothing.
How about it's it's hazardous side effects?
-Kidney cancer (in animals)
-Nose throat and lung issues
Food for thought right? Personally, if the budget allows it, take it that one step further to organic/free range/grass fed.
Here is an extract from the 2012 report "The Dose Makes The Poison"
In 2009 Australian researchers found that over 20 chlorinated pesticides, most of which were registered for use in Australia, contained impurities of the dioxins PCDD/F – one of the most toxic substances known. The dioxins were formed as a by-product of the pesticide manufacturing process. Some pesticides containing impurities included pesticides commonly used on food, most notably Chlorpyrifos and Chlorothalonil. The Federal Regulator, the APVMA ran their own tests and suspended all registrations and approvals for one of the the pesticides, Quintozene in April 2010. However it remains unclear about how the regulator deals with the possibility of dioxins in relation to MRL’s in food. “Australia has no regulatory limits for PCDD/F levels in current use pesticides and no regulatory monitoring and reporting is undertaken.” This issue may only be the tip of the iceberg as “researchers estimate approximately 200 pesticides have the potential to contain dioxins”. “The pesticides are used on crops including cotton, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, beans and peanuts, as well as in parks and recreation areas, at turf farms and plant nurseries.” You can read the full 2012 report here.
I don't claim to be perfect but I do want to do as much as I possibly can to make my home and lifestyle as safe as I possibly can. Learning about all of this is just the beginning. I hope your eyes have opened and you can at least start with some small changes to your lifestyle to taking control of your health beyond.
If you can't get enough of this science stuff why not have a read about the dangers of a household favourite called Roundup?