Heard about the…. “DINOSAUR DIET YET!!!”
Many of you will have heard of various diets over the years and I am sure my readers may have tried lots of them. Of course the above “Dinosaur Diet” is just another one of these many thousands of diets I have had the dis-pleasure of reviewing over the last 30 odd years. It seems the Dinosaur diet also often referred to as the Paleolithic diet; the ancient man diets the caveman diet, the Stone Age diet and the hunter-gatherer diet. It is based on the presumed ancient eating of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era which dates back to about 2-3 million years ago and ended about 11,000 years ago. You may have heard this also referred to as our ancestral diet. Many authors have written about this and of course many have sung the praises of eating this way. You will often see them claim themselves as NUTRITIONAL THERAPISTS this is just to disguise the fact that they are not nutritionists. Unfortunately some of these diets are very low in carbohydrates relying solely on just vegetables to get their carbohydrate requirements. With low amounts of carbs in these diets our brains suffer. In fact the brain needs Glucose in the form of sugar that travels in your bloodstream to fuel the mitochondrial furnaces responsible for our brain activity. Glucose is the only fuel normally used by brain cells. Because neurons cannot store glucose, they depend on the bloodstream to deliver a constant supply of this essential fuel. Our brains need about twice the amount of carbs than the rest of our body require and the neurons in our brains that allows our body to transmit signals around the body need constant carbs to keep this activity going even when we sleep. Our neurotransmitters need enzymes to deliver the message right to the end of our nerves to allow us to move and respond to signals from the brain. So in fact we use 10% of all energy consumed to keep this activity going. While I do advocate back to basic eating in all my articles IE whole grains, fats, nuts, lean meats, vegetables in their natural fresh state we need to ensure we get 55-60% of our fuel from low glycemic carbs such as: good rice, fresh wholemeal pastas etc. I find it rather amusing when these diets are promoted as making you live longer because our ancestors 2-3 million years ago only lived into their forties and then dropped dead. Human brains are about three times as large as those of our early australopithecines ancestors that lived 2-4 million years ago. So we need to feed this increase in brain size. Signs of low carbs in the human brain are: ketosis, general tiredness, abrupt or gradually increasing weakness, dizziness, headaches, fainting confusion, abdominal pain, irritability, nausea and vomiting, sleep problems, bad breath, poor mental health, argumentative, unconsciousness and in severe cases even death. So keep it simple folks and get off the merry-go-round.
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