Paleo diet reviews from creationists are focused on criticizing evolution and Darwinism as might be expected, but they also seem to believe that it does not have any benefit over a common sense healthy diet.
“Vegetarian diets run higher risks of B12 deficiency, which can lead to joint pain, shortness of breath and other health issues… The biggest problem with vegetarian diets is that they are low in vitamin B12 and, in the case of veganism, vitamin D, both of which are necessary to the human body. B12 can’t be supplemented by other foods, either, since it’s found solely in fish, meat, dairy and eggs.”
That would seem to be good news for advocates of the Paleo diet, who basically say that if “you could kill it, catch it, pick it, or dig it up, then you can eat it.” In practice, the so-called caveman diet requires eating a lot of protein. Unfortunately, this means the Paleo diet requires a rich caveman because the price of protein has jumped through the roof recently:
“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.”
Creationists at Answers In Genesis believe the entire premise of the Paleo diet is flawed. They claim the “presumption that human ancestors had to subsist as hunter-gatherers before evolving enough brains to farm and raise animals is completely at odds with the biblical account of human history…. There is certainly no biblical reason to suppose that either the farmer or the hunter-gatherer would be the intellectual superior of the other, much less the idea that a hunter-gatherer’s diet would be more natural for us!” They also point out how studies of Neanderthal teeth show they ate cooked starches and used herbs to spice up their meals.
Besides arguing over evolution and the historical record, these creationists also claim the Paleo diet may not offer any major benefit:
“Naturally, any improvement over a junk-food diet—a-lá-caveman or otherwise—would come out on top in an actual study. But there has been some effort to compare a supposed ‘paleo-diet’ to a basic common-sense healthy high-fiber, low-fat diet. The paleo-diet has not produced significantly better long-term results, and in some studies the recommended minerals and fiber have been difficult to attain with caveman cuisine.”
These creationists even agree with one evolutionist named Marlene Zuk who believes that history should not determine our nutritional choices:
“Some of those genes we had back in the Pleistocene were the same as the genes we had when life was aquatic, and no one’s suggesting we start filter feeding.”
Still, Answers In Genesis does admit they can’t offer professional medical or dietary advice and they say the choice is up to Christians based upon the Bible:
“The Bible tells us that God directed humans and animals to eat only plant products from the beginning. The Bible does not say that meat would have been unhealthy or poorly tolerated but instead pictures a perfect world without death. Vegetarianism is a personal choice available to those who determine that it is best for their bodies or personal sensibilities. It is neither commanded by Scripture nor demanded by the bodies of most people. There is no more need to return to the diet of the Garden of Eden than to the diet supposedly consumed by Paleolithic hunter-gatherers.”
What do you think about the Paleo diet?