Paleo vs. Vegan Diet

Paleo vs. Vegan Diet


Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine, Nutritionist, and Founder of draxe.com. In this video, I’m going to settle the debate
of Vegan versus Paleo, and really go over all the benefits of going Paleo and maybe
some of the cons, as well as vegan, the great benefits and the cons of going that way. And I think that some of these answers are
probably going to surprise you and enlighten you on those two diets and maybe a diet that
can kind of meet in the middle. All right. So let’s first talk about the Paleo
Diet, one of the most popular diets in CrossFit circles and really, just growing around the
country. And the Paleo Diet is modeled after what our ancient ancestors would have eaten
thousands upon thousands of years ago. And where I don’t actually love the term “Paleo”
because of some of its background and the things it’s suggesting, I do think Paleo of
going grain-free can be greatly beneficial. So again, thinking about what would a hunter
and gatherer have eaten during that time? Now the big positive with Paleo is that you’re
consuming a lot of wild-caught meats that are high in omega-3 fats. You’re getting fruits.
You’re getting some vegetables. So for that reason, the Paleo Diet can be great. The con with the Paleo Diet is that it actually
tends to . . . or the people that follow the Paleo Diet, tend to consume probably a little
bit too much meat, in my opinion, as well as some toxic animal substances. And they
really do not stress organic on that diet. And so you can find somebody . . . I’ve known
people on the Paleo Diet where their diet consisted of consuming conventional butter
and fried bacon, and that, if you eat that every meal, could be considered a Paleo Diet. So again, the Paleo Diet major benefits in
terms of following that hunter-gatherer lifestyle, you’re getting more minerals, more omega-3
fats, more protein and more healthy fats overall in your diet. Which there are Paleo Diets if you follow
it in the right way, it’s been shown to help improve autoimmune illness, really support
weight loss. So, you know, there are great benefits there with Paleo. You just need to be careful there with not
consuming too many conventional animal products. You do want to stress going organic. And the other thing is, they also recommend
doing a lot of shrimp and pork. And from the research that I’ve seen, both from ancient
texts, as well as modern day science, pork carries parasites, shrimp are bottom feeders. In fact, according to the Water Watch Survey,
they found that shrimp were by far the most toxic of all animals of the sea . . . in fact,
way more toxic than tilapia, way more toxic than catfish and a lot of the farm fish today.
Shrimp was the worst. So for those reasons, those are the cons with
the Paleo Diet, but really overall there are a lot of benefits of following that type of
diet. Let’s talk about the Vegan diet. Huge benefits
of more enzymes, more vitamins, more minerals in your diet. So again, Vegan diets or doing
a raw plant-based diet so beneficial for improving energy levels, alkalizing your body, reversing
certain types of disease and certain types of cancer. The issue is doing a Vegan diet long term.
Now, I’m not talking about for a few weeks or two weeks or a month. But if you stay on
that the majority of your life, you cannot get vitamin B12. And then it’s very difficult
to get the proper amount of amino acids and zinc and certain other nutrients, even like
vitamin D in your diet, from consuming a Vegan diet. So most Vegans realize this, but they really
tend to be very deficient in B vitamins and the right type of amino acids. And yes, you can address those deficiencies
by taking a good quality vitamin B12 supplement or a B-complex supplement, as well as supplementing
protein powders. But again, following a straight Vegan diet, it is going to leave you with
deficiencies. So for that reason, if I’m comparing the two
and I had to choose for my entire life to follow one of the two diets, I would actually
choose the Paleo Diet regime before the Vegan diet. Now, I do want to say this, there are different
types of vegetarian diets that add in things like eggs and raw organic dairy products and
wild-caught fish like something like a Pescatarian. Those types of vegetarian diets you can follow
and be absolutely healthy with and have no deficiencies whatsoever. And so, again, there
are some benefits to both. And let me say this as well, there are some
Vegans that live to be over 100 years old, and they addressed their deficiencies. Their
digestion system was healthy enough that it helped produce B-vitamins for them. So again, you can follow being a vegan and
live to be over 100. There are people that have been hunter-gatherers lived well to be
over 100. So again, I think both diets are probably
two of the most, probably two of the three most popular diets today, and there are obviously
pros and cons with both. My favorite diet is following more of a traditional diet or
a GAPS diet. I think a traditional diet, which is really
what our ancestors ate, which wasn’t just Paleo. You know, this diet is more 6,000 years
old where you’re also consuming grass-fed, dairy-like kefir. You’re getting in a lot
of vegetables, a lot of wild meats. It’s kind of everything. And this is what’s promoted by organizations
like the Weston A. Price Foundation. That’s the diet I personally follow and personally
love. And when it comes to healing, the GAPS diet, another great diet for you to look into. Hey, if you want to learn more about vegan
diets, raw diets, Paleo Diets, or even some of my favorite diets like the GAPS diet, check
out draxe.com. It’s draxe.com. I’ve got some great content and information on there I think
you’ll love, as well as my healing food shopping list you can find on there as well. Hey guys, thanks for watching. This has been
Dr. Axe with Paleo versus Vegan diets.