Study Says Paleo Diet Good for Weight Loss, Bad for Micronutrient Intake
Participants in the study included 39 women who followed either the paleo diet or the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating Diet (AGHE) for four weeks. The AGHE inludes some meats, fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and dairy products.
At the conclusion of the study period, the AGHE group had lost 1.6% of their body weight and 1.9% of their waist circumference. In comparison, the women in the paleo group lost 4.3% of their body weight and 3.8% of their waist circumference.
The paleo group also had lower intake of key micronutrients, including iodine, sodium, calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamins A and E, folate, and iron. The researchers recommend that further research look at the long term effects of the paleo diet.
Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Australia conducted the study. It was published on May 23, 2016, in Nutrients.