Why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet?

Why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet? The image shows six types of legumes in wooden spoons, against a black background.

Hey Folks! You would think that I’m finished critiquing the Paleo diet after the last post, but I want to focus on one major issue in this post: why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet? Legumes (peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, etc.) are widely considered to be sustainable and healthy sources of protein, fiber, … Continue reading Why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet: science, health, and sustainability

Is the Paleo Diet heathy? A 20th century painting of two hunter-gatherers hunting a glyptodon in the Paleolithic era.

In this post I’m going to take a look at the “Paleo Diet” from a few perspectives: Is it based on solid science? Is it healthy? Is it good for the planet? In the last post I reviewed the scientific literature on the impact of low-carb diets on health and found that the evidence overwhelmingly … Continue reading The Paleo Diet: science, health, and sustainability

Are low-carb diets good for you? Sustainability and health benefits of carbs

Are low-carb diets good for you? A photo of various varieties of potatoes in crates.

Continuing on the theme of ethical consumerism and health, I’m going to take a look at the sustainability and health benefits of carbohydrates, and especially on the question of whether low-carb diets are good for you. But there’s a lot of material to cover, so I’m going to first look at scientific studies on low-carb … Continue reading Are low-carb diets good for you? Sustainability and health benefits of carbs

Why you should eat seaweed: sustainability and health benefits

The left image shows the red seaweed dulse growing in blue ocean water. The right image shows crispy dulse on a wooden board.

In this first post on the relationship between ethical consumerism and health I’m going to take a look at the sustainability and health benefits of... seaweed! First I'll cover the sustainability of seaweed and then the health benefits – and one health benefit in particular that made science headlines this month. Sustainability of seaweed I … Continue reading Why you should eat seaweed: sustainability and health benefits