Why his Paleo diet sucks (Diet Case Study)
Nick the âNutrition Nerdâ Pineault sent me this diet critique of one of his clients whoâs on the Paleo diet.
The little-known truths he revealed made my jaw dropâ¦
Here's a sample of what Nickâs client, Mark, eats on a typical day:
Breakfast: Cage-free omega-3 eggs with organic spinach
Snack: Brown rice protein with some âStevia in the rawâ
Lunch: Mixed greens, chicken breast and homemade olive oil dressing
Dinner: Grass-fed beef steak seasoned with soy sauce and a medium sweet potato
Evening Snack: Berries with honey
What Mark is doing right (Nickâs comments):
Markâs Paleo diet is off to a good start because he focuses on natural whole foods. Heâs eating âcleanerâ than 99% of people eating this way.
What Mark is doing wrong:
Okay, let's take this meal by meal.
Breakfast: Mark was doing the right thing trying to buy healthier eggs, but he got scammed by marketing terms.
âCage-freeâ has no legal definition in the US, which probably means his eggs are produced by hens crammed by thousands inside small barns â" making eggs with a fraction of the nutrition.
The second problem with those eggs is the added omega-3.
You see, the Center for Science in the Public Interest's independent lab tests revealed that they contain less than half of the omega-3 claimed on the packaging.
But it doesnât really matter anyway, because the omega-3 in them is ALA (from the flax hens are fed with), which is 800% to 3300% less absorbable than the form of omega-3 naturally contained in healthy eggs (EPA and DHA).
If you want eggs that contain multiple times more nutrients than these cheap cage-free eggs, stick with pasture-raised eggs â" which means that hens are allowed to roam around outside like theyâre supposed to.
Snack: Letâs put it that way: this brand of stevia is a huge scam.
Stevia In The Raw contains 95% dextrose â" also known asâ¦ pure sugar. Because the FDA allows any food that contains less than 4 calories per serving to be labeled as âcalorie-freeâ, this product shows portion sizes of 0.5g â" 1/8 of a teaspoon â" and continues to claim it contains 0 calories.
Instead of buying this forfeit brand, stick with any brand that only shows stevia on the ingredients list.
Lunch: Itâs true: olive oil is a great source of healthy fats and anti-aging compounds... but only if you buy the right kind.
In 2010, Consumer Reports â" one of the most credible and influential non-profit organizations fighting for consumer rights in the US â" revealed that around 20% of all olive oils are fake and have been mixed with other cheap oils.
This terrible scam has been confirmed yet again in 2012, when the UC Davis Olive Center found out that only 27% of all olive oils passed the quality test to be labeled âextra virginâ â" the best and most nutritious kind there is.
So again, without even being aware of it, your olive oil might contain up to 100% vegetable oil â" filled with fattening trans fats.
This is already getting pretty long, so I'm going to pick things up tomorrow and let Nick talk about Markâs choice of dinner and evening snack tomorrow (fyi, they also suck and I'll tell you why).
In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more SHOCKING truths about âhealthyâ foods in your pantry, my buddy Nick Pineault gives you some awesome tips here: