July 19, 2011
Dear Future Centenarian,
Paleo is more than a diet. It is a way of life that we have abandoned in favor of mass produced food and sedentary lifestyles. Hunter-gatherers rarely got heart disease, cancer and diabetes. In fact, these are modern day diseases caused primarily by grains, dairy, legumes, processed food, sugar and inactivity. Even dementia can be linked to contemporary lifestyles.
It's true we can avoid most of the common aging-related diseases with simple lifestyle habits, headed by diet and exercise. But we're tempted by irresistible advertising from food and beverage companies, and often forced to eat the unhealthiest foods, because they are more affordable. They're more affordable, because they are subsidized, not because fruits and vegetables usually cost more to grow. Herbicides, other pesticides, hormones and GM foods make it easier to feed the masses, and the Age of Agriculture and its division of labor and mass production made it possible for populations to explode. That was a very good thing for economies. But look at the cost in human misery.
There's not much debate as to what foods are healthier and which are making us sick.… Read the rest