I am a creationist… but I enjoy engaging in friendly, respectful discussion with others who hold opposing views, including evolution. In fact, I have found that I agree with evolutionists on many points, one of which is that the modern American diet is far inferior to the diets of our ancestors! I agree that our health has degenerated since the introduction of genetically modified and processed foods, as is evidenced by the negative changes in the dental health of even modern traditional people groups who introduce processed foods into their diets. I affirm that modern forms of dairy and grains have wreaked havoc on our wellbeing. I concur that going back to a more “primitive” diet and lifestyle would certainly benefit our culture and reverse the healthcare crisis we are facing. Did you know that even though the United States spends more per year on healthcare than 12 other countries combined, a whopping $3.8 TRILLION (1), we have the worst health of any developed country? So much for evolution improving the species! But is The Paleo Diet really the answer?
To be completely fair, there are many merits to this way of eating:
As you can see, there are many points of agreement here, but my basis for evaluation of health benefits differs from Dr. Cordain’s worldview. I don’t mean any disrespect to this man in saying that the foundation of my belief about lifestyle and nutrition extends beyond claims of scientific fact… it is first grounded in biblical truth. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, personal philosophies inform conclusions about what the best diet is for mankind, and from my perspective, it takes just as much faith to accept many evolutionary concepts as it does to accept the Bible as true.
What about you? Do you eat a biblical or paleo diet? What has been your experience with either diet?
Next time, I will talk about the Minuses of The Paleo Diet. While you are waiting, download your FREE copy of my eBook called Back to Biblical Health for Women.
L’chaim-- To Life!