Controversial Video: The Pros & Cons of Vegan or Paleo Diet

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Diet, Weight Loss, Obesity, Health with 22 Comments

By Dr. Josh Axe | draxe.com

[Below is my transcript of my video about the Paleo vs. vegan diet, along with supplemental information on the topic.]


In this video, I’m going to settle the debate of Paleo vs. vegan diet, and really go over all the benefits of going Paleo and maybe some of the cons. While I don’t eat a Paleo diet, it’s close … and I’ll explain why.

I’m also going to discuss the vegan diet, its great benefits as well as the cons of going that way. Many people ask if they should become a vegan or vegetarian, so I will weigh in.

I think that some of these answers are probably going to surprise you and enlighten you on those two diets.


The Paleo Diet

So let’s first talk about the Paleo diet, one of the most popular diets in CrossFit workoutcircles and, really, just growing around the country. The Paleo diet is modeled after what our ancient (specifically, Paleolithic) ancestors would have eaten thousands upon thousands of years ago.

And while I don’t actually love the term, Paleo, because of some of its background and the things it’s suggesting, I do think the Paleo concept of going grain-free can be greatly beneficial.

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The Paleo concept is essentially thinking about what would a hunter and gatherer have eaten during that time. As a result, the big positive with Paleo is that you’re consuming a lot of wild-caught meats that are some of the best omega-3 foods as well as protein foods. Plus, you’re getting fruits and vegetables, so for that reason, the Paleo diet can be great.

The con with the Paleo diet is that for most of the people that follow it, they tend to consume probably a little bit too much meat, in my opinion, as well as some toxic animal substances. Plus, they really do not stress organic in that diet. For example, I’ve known people on the Paleo diet where their diet consisted of consuming conventional butter and fried bacon — if you eat that every meal, it could be considered a Paleo diet.

So again, the Paleo diet’s major benefits in terms of following that hunter-gatherer lifestyle, you’re getting more minerals, more omega-3 fats, more protein and more healthy fats overall in your diet. In fact, if you follow the Paleo diet in the right way, it’s been shown to help improve autoimmune illness and support weight loss.

The other thing is, some in the Paleo community recommend eating a lot of shrimp and pork. From the research that I’ve seen, both from ancient texts as well as modern-day science, pork carries parasites — it’s why you should avoid pork — and shrimp are bottom feeders.

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In fact, according to the Water Watch Survey, shrimp nutrition facts are pretty scary. Researchers found that shrimp were by far the most toxic of all animals of the sea, way more toxic than tilapia, catfish and a lot of the farm fish today — shrimp was the worst.

As you can see, there are some cons with the Paleo diet, but overall, there are a lot of benefits of following that type of diet.


The Vegan Diet

Let’s talk about the vegan diet, which provide huge benefits of more enzymes, more vitamins and more minerals in your diet. When you look at raw vs. cooked foods, for instance, you’ll often see that raw food retains more nutritive value.

In general, vegan diets or doing a raw plant-based diet are so beneficial for improving energy levels, alkalizing your body, and reversing certain types of disease and certain types of cancer.

The issue is doing a vegan diet long term. Now, I’m not talking about for a few weeks or two weeks or a month. But if you stay on that the majority of your life, you cannot get enough benefit-rich vitamin B12, and then it’s very difficult to get the proper amount of amino acids and zinc and certain other nutrients, such as vitamin D, in your diet from consuming a vegan diet.

While most vegans realize this, they still tend to be very deficient in B vitamins and the right type of amino acids. Yes, you can address those deficiencies by taking a good, quality vitamin B12 supplement or a B complex supplement, as well as supplementing with protein powders. Nonetheless, following a strict vegan diet is going to leave you with deficiencies.

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Now, I do want to say that there are different types of vegetarian diets that add in things like eggs and raw organic dairy products and wild-caught fish, like a pescatarian. You can follow those types of vegetarian diets and be absolutely healthy and have no deficiencies whatsoever.

And let me say this as well: There are some vegans that live to be over 100 years old, and they addressed their deficiencies. Their digestive system was healthy enough that it helped produce B vitamins for them. So again, you can follow being a vegan and live to be over 100. There are people that have been hunter-gatherers who also lived to be well over 100.


The Verdict & Other Diets

Now, if I’m comparing the Paleo vs. vegan diet and I had to choose for my entire life to follow one of the two diets, I would actually choose the Paleo diet regime before the vegan diet.

Personally, my favorite diet is following more of a traditional diet or a GAPS diet. A traditional diet, which is really what our ancestors ate, wasn’t just Paleo. You know, this diet is more than 6,000 years old, where you’re also consuming grass-fed dairy like benefit-rich kefir; plus, you’re getting in a lot of vegetables and wild meats. It’s kind of everything. This is what’s promoted by organizations like the Weston A. Price Foundation. That’s the diet I personally follow and love. And when it comes to healing, the GAPS diet is another great diet for you to look into.

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  1. 10207169781141337@facebook.com' Edd Black says:

    He has no clue about B12 and he supports supplements.

    I don’t plan on taking any of this person advice, he really doesn’t know what he is talking about.

  2. 10207470178176705@facebook.com' Mark McNair says:

    Listen to your body.

  3. 10153773776209796@facebook.com' Karis Price says:

    Ayurvedic is THE best way to eat for health AND longevity!

    • 10156056325925595@facebook.com' Steven Devlin says:

      Care to elaborate on Ayurvedic eating?

    • 10153773776209796@facebook.com' Karis Price says:

      AN ANCIENT iNDIAN SYSTEM OF HEALING.Bit too complicated for one sentence or FB.Google it and see.

    • 10156056325925595@facebook.com' Steven Devlin says:

      Thank you. Sounds really interesting

    • 1669667926598018@facebook.com' Richard Hurl says:

      Ayurveda is eating based on particular constitutional types. Much like an endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph…but in ayurveda they are called “Dosha’s”: pitta, vata and kapha. Each one of these constitutional body types needs certain foods, routines, stay away from certain foods etc. It also incorporates mental approaches for each Dosha as well. Much, much, much more than just this though…

  4. 10153357877420141@facebook.com' Ashley Luisa says:

    Latoya Rolle

  5. 1701837573383754@facebook.com' Joe Hernandez says:

    Get your head out of your ass and listen to your body, it will tell you what your needs are, that’s all this clown has done, You are paying him to think for you and he knows it.

  6. 10156056325925595@facebook.com' Steven Devlin says:

    Eat what ever feels good for you, whatever it may be in that moment. Simple

  7. 1701837573383754@facebook.com' Joe Hernandez says:

    Eat to live, don’t live to eat. I am 63 years old and have the metabolism of a 22 year old, genetics?, maybe, but i don’t believe all the B.S out there.

  8. 1632961210314690@facebook.com' Sally Jean Cummins says:

    This guy has no real idea about a balanced Whole Foods Vegan diet. Dr. Garth Davis Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.Dr Michael KlaperDr.John McDougall MD and many more will teach him the basics. Following a Vegan diet has NOT left millions of us with a deficiency. This guy is a hoax, he even pushes the protein myth which is such an old fallacy. We get every amino acid we require by eating enough calories every day.a;so, hempseed, chia, buckwheat , quinoa are some complete proteins. http://www.revmodo.com/organic-food/8-plant-foods-that-contain-complete-proteins-for-vegans/

    • 726201607483807@facebook.com' Aryan Garakani says:

      I thought Vegans had to be very careful with what they eat to get enough daily nutrition, or is this not true? And/or supplement.

    • 1669667926598018@facebook.com' Richard Hurl says:

      No, that’s not true. As stated in numerous books, peer reviewed articles, online sources etc., it’s virtually impossible to become nutrient deficient without becoming calorie deficient on a whole foods plant based diet.

  9. 1632961210314690@facebook.com' Sally Jean Cummins says:

    Also, hot tip – Josh Axe is a joke. Find out why in this entertaining video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSUoyFC-8qE

  10. 1485363438430760@facebook.com' Kontakt Ende says:

    he looks ill

  11. 954383667936792@facebook.com' Darren Walshe says:

    Cut out wheat, dairy and sugar and you won’t do much wrong

  12. 10207351144805288@facebook.com' Zach Mckinney says:

    Google “what do primates eat”

  13. 1639103876332315@facebook.com' Sianna Gower says:

    Haven’t watched the video but vegans sound angry!

  14. 10206469587436411@facebook.com' Brenda Nusbaum says:

    For those of us that do not eat animals, we’d love to say that we are not only recognizing the abuse and suffering of animals but in the bigger picture- our environment is suffering due to the “ego’s” of others. Cows consume 70% of our grain and water intake while millions are starving and could use the grains and water…..we are not carnivours, we do not have multiple births naturally, do the research. Let’s evolve, learn compassion and save our planet- together.

  15. 1162907130391469@facebook.com' Helene Besson says:

    Red meat is dangerous for you, full stop (and it is unethical as well). This paleo thing is crazy.

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