Vegan Vs Paleo ft. Gary Yourofsky

Vegan Vs Paleo ft. Gary Yourofsky


Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and welcome
to another vegan nugget. Today we’re going to dip a toe into the battle royale that is
vegan vs. paleo. I’ll start you off with Gary Yourofsky’s answer to this heated debate
and then close out with my own 2 cents. So without further ado, let’s get ready to…well,
talk I guess. Gary: First of all, the Paleo diet is not
a new diet. It’s the standard diet. Paleo is what you’re doing, that’s why it works.
If I can tell you to do the exact same thing that you’re doing, you don’t have to change
anything, that’s why people love it. Paleo, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Zone, Atkins…
The only different diet on this planet, the only unique diet, the only compassionate diet
on this planet, the only healthy diet on this planet, is a vegan diet. That’s it. And study
after study has proven this by the way. It’s not my opinion, it’s not your opinion. There
are dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens of studies showing that vegans have the least
amount of diseases on this planet. It’s a placebo effect. That’s all Paleo is. You feel
good often at first, in the end you’ve got the same amount of heart disease, the same
amount of cancers, the same amount of health problems, and it ain’t solving and curing
anything. You can’t solve diseases with meat. You definitely can’t do with dairy. I know
Paleo, I think excludes dairy, so they might have that part right. But you can’t solve
any health issues with animal protein. It’s toxic to the human body. You can’t solve them
with cholesterol, it’s toxic to the body. You can’t solve with huge amounts of fat.
You can’t solve it with naturally occurring trans fatty acids, that’s not how you obtain
health. Again, you might get lucky, but keep in mind that not everyone that worked in an
asbestos factory got mesothelioma. You could get lucky, but lucky is not health. Clearly the paleo vegan debate is quite a
hot one and rather controversial. The thing that I find personally interesting about this
rivalry is the implicit belief that vegan and paleo have to be mutually exclusive. There
are people who eat vegan paleo. Paleo is all about eating as our ancestors did and there
is a large body of studies and research that paints a surprisingly plant-based picture
of our stereotypically meat-eating caveman forefathers. In his article in Scientific
American entitled, “Human ancestors were nearly all vegetarians,” Robb Dunn states
that, “although “Paleolithic” diets in diet books tend to be very meaty, reasonable
minds disagree as to whether ancient, Paleolithic diets actually were. Fortunately, new research
suggests answers…to the question of what our ancestors ate. The resolutions come, in
part, from considering the question of our diets in a broader evolutionary context. When
we talk about “paleo” diets, we arbitrarily tend to start with one set of ancestors, our
most recent ones. But why do we choose these particular ancestors as starting points? They
do seem tough and admirable in a really strong five o’ clock shadow sort of way. But if
we want to return to the diet our guts and bodies “evolved to deal with” (a concept
that wrongly assumes our bodies are fine tuned by engineers rather than cobbled together
by natural selection), perhaps we should also be looking at our earlier ancestors. If you
want to return to your ancestral diet, the one our ancestors ate when most of the features
of our guts were evolving, you might reasonably eat what our ancestors spent the most time
eating during the largest periods of the evolution of our guts, fruits, nuts, and vegetables—especially
fungus-covered tropical leaves.” Now for me personally, my main concern as a vegan
is animal rights. I’m primarily an ethical vegan, though I value all of the benefits
of a vegan diet. Some people come to veganism for health explicitly and I fully support
that. I don’t care what gets you here, just that you make it. And honestly, the health
benefits of veganism often branch into deeper convictions as people learn more about animal
issues. But for me, even if my ancestors ate nothing but meat and that was somehow the
healthiest thing for me to eat, I would still choose veganism. Fortunately, as it is, I
get to eat in a way that doesn’t involve the blood and suffering of other being and
is healthy and ancestrally sound, or as much as you can be in this day in age. But if you
want to eat paleo vegan or junk food vegan or any other variation of vegan, I say, go
for it. Do what works for you, as long as it’s not encroaching on the rights and lives
of others. I’ve included some reference links and resources about this topic in the
blogpost for this video that’s linked here and in the video description. Now that you’ve
heard Gary’s take on paleo and my quick two cents, I’d love to hear what you think.
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