The so-called Paleo diet is becoming one of the most expensive diet plans around, requiring you to be a rich caveman due to the rising cost of pork and beef.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the so-called best diet plans in 2014 are sometimes wastes of cash according to the experts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that about 35 percent of all Americans are considered obese. In response to this health crisis, many people have tried to use various low carb diets like the Atkins Diet or a high protein diet such as the one made popular by Irwin Stillman. It should be noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture only recommends 54 grams of protein a day for an adult weighing 180 pounds and that eating too much protein could potentially develop kidney or cardiovascular complications.
For those who are not already familiar with the Paleo diet we have already written an article explaining how it is supposed to work. Here is a snippet:
“One of the most recent, and highly successful, fad-diets is the Paleo (or “caveman”) diet. It follows the principle of eating little to no carbs but also bans grain (or anything derived from it), legumes, and dairy products. Paleo is a low-carb diet which claims that grain is bad for you and needs to be cut out of your diet completely, replaced by free-range eggs, poultry, meat and lots of fruit, nuts, and vegetables. With the Paleo diet, you eat natural food like our ancestors did, four or five times a day…. But keeping to the restrictive rules of the Paleo diet takes some getting used to. No more sugar, pasta, rice, crackers, cookies, cake, beans, donuts, ice-cream, milk, cheese.”
Unfortunately for advocates of the one to three million people who have adopted the Paleo diet, the items you are banned from eating happen to be fairly cheap in cost, while eating a lot of high protein items can set you back at an increasing rate. I’m sure everyone has noticed how the prices of groceries have been increasing drastically in recent years, but the prices of meat favored by the Paleo diet especially have been affected.
The Bloomberg Protein Index tracks the prices of beef, beans, bacon and nine other protein sources, and in the last five years, it’s gone up by 28 percent. In 2014 alone, it has risen by five percent, which is double the cost increase in comparison to other groceries. But beef and pork have been effected the most by a pig virus and droughts that killed many pigs and cows. Even prices for dairy products have risen to due to increased export demands from growing foreign countries. The only good news for Paleo diet planners is that the prices for turkey, eggs, and peanut butter have fallen a little.
Of course, those looking for the best diet plan are often willing to pay the high cost associated with the plan, whether it be through special meals or shakes purchased on a monthly basis. Has the Paleo diet worked out for you?