***UPDATE: Dr. Oz recently devoted half an episode to the Paleo Diet: The Paleo Diet Craze – April 22, 2013. ***
Based on this week’s Dr. Oz show with Gary Taubes, one could surmise that Dr. Oz is anti-paleo. After all, even though Taubes wasn’t promoting the paleo diet, Dr. Oz completely disagreed with his views on reducing carbohydrates and increasing fats.
The video clip above is from the Dr. Oz show about a month ago, where an audience member asked for his opinion on the paleo diet. His response makes me wonder if he realizes that the paleo diet is, generally speaking, low carb and high fat.
Dr. Oz is apparently in favor of the paleo diet
Dr. Oz explained that the paleo diet is based on eating like our ancestors ate, and that the ones that didn’t die prematurely lived long and healthy lives. He acknowledged that it’s a diet based on whole foods, that it’s hard to get fat on the paleo diet, and that he’s in favor of any diet that keeps you lean and thin.
But he’s somehow not in favor of eating low carb / high fat
Yet according to the Taubes episode, he doesn’t think that eating low carb and high fat will keep you lean and thin. Uhm….
And he still pushes grains (shocker)
Of course, Dr. Oz just had to throw in a plug for grains, with the same argument that he used against low carb / high fat, which was that this type of diet is not sustainable. His advice? Eat the diet our ancestors ate, but
“augment it with what we’ve known to be successful in today’s food source that makes it a livable diet.”
I’d love to hear his definition of “successful”. Also, notice that he didn’t say we should eat grains because they’re healthy, but because he seems to believe that people won’t be successful in avoiding them long term.
Well, he’s right that grains are hard to avoid. Not because of will power or laziness. But because they’re ubiquitous and us paleo / primal folks risk exposure to them every time we eat out or buy processed foods. But other than involuntary exposure, I’d say we’ve got the whole grain elimination thing pretty much covered.