The Pegan diet is the latest one to do just that.
Probably one of the healthiest we’ve seen, we take a look at the ins and outs of this diet and decide whether it really is the best.
Created by Dr Mark Hyman of Cleveland Medical Centre, the pegan diet is a combination of the paleo and vegan diets. It is a restrictive eating plan that gathers the best parts of both diets into one, including more vegetables and a bit of meat, whereas the vegan diet does not.
The Paleo (caveman) diet includes lots of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruit. You cannot have grains, legumes, processed food or most dairy products. On the other hand, the Vegan diet consists only of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds, prohibiting anything that comes from an animal.
Alice Mackintosh at The Food Doctor, says, “In doing so minimize the risk of different deficiencies that both can put you at risk of” when speaking of the combination of the two diets.
Some people hear the world ‘Paleo’ and think that it means you have to eat a mountain of chicken or bacon but that isn’t the case with this combined diet. Only containing foods that are 55-69 on the glycaemic index so you don’t have a crash after your blood sugar spikes.
It contains around 25% lean protein, which includes things such as chicken, eggs, fish and grass-fed beef. It is advised that you don’t eat dairy, sugar, soya or legumes, but you can substitute it for foods like nuts, avocado and coconut oil.
Many people have said that there are benefits to doing the Pegan diet. It could help improve the digestive system by cutting out dairy and grains, which cause bloating. One person said that this sort of diet acted as a holistic way to treat multiple sclerosis. You can make your metabolism and blood sugar more stable by cutting out sugar and refined carbs.
It can also help you to avoid eating that mid-afternoon chocolate bar you’ve got hidden in your desk.
Any fat that you do eat with this diet is of the healthy kind, such as the ones found in eggs. By choosing the best quality cuts of meat you don’t get the bad parts, as some animal fat can store unhealthy additives.
This isn’t a low-carb diet, even though you’re cutting out grains and legumes, as some vegetables, like broccoli, contain carbs. It is also perfect for people who are gluten intolerant as it cuts all of that out and can potentially reduce cholesterol and the risk of diabetes.
By improving your diet and cutting out all the bad food you will see a change in your health and overall wellbeing.
Caroline Cederquist MD says that:
By combining the principles of these two diets and reducing their specific dietary restrictions, you get a diet that’s better balanced in regards to macronutrients, and easier o follow than a strictly paleo or vegan diet.
One of the main cons to this diet is that it may not produce weight loss results without doing exercise and as it is often better to include more than 25% protein in a diet when looking to lose weight.
A lot of people would also disagree with eliminating beans from the diet as they are a healthy one-ingredient food, high in fiber and are an inexpensive source of protein.
So as you can see there aren’t a lot of downsides to this diet making it probably one of the best we’ve seen in a while. It doesn’t promote unhealthy eating at all, making sure that all the good food groups are included.
After looking at all the facts we can say that this is a diet that we could possibly try if we ever needed to.
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