September 1st, 2011
Over the past few days I’ve been doing research into both the Paleo and Clean diets. They are very similar. Both eschew the consumption of processed foods, promote consuming whole foods that can be found in nature and promote the consumption of meat (with Clean, all meats –preferably grain fed—are allowed after the detox, only some are allowed during the detox – see this post for more information).
There is however, one major difference between the two diets. Clean allows the consumption of grains (except gluten-containing or gluten –contaminated grains) and legumes and Paleo excludes them. The reasoning behind this is that human beings have only been consuming grains and legumes (like other agriculturally derived foods) for the past 10,000 years which is hardly enough time for humans to have evolved to digest them properly
Grains and legumes contain anti-nutrients like lectin and phytic acid. Phytic acid reduces the absorption of minerals including calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. Lectins damage the body and cause leaky gut syndrome which causes undigested food particles to enter the blood stream. Lectins also cause inflammation.