The popularity of the meat-heavy Paleo, ketogenic, and Atkin diets continues unabated despite a substantial increase in the price of beef, pork and eggs. Ironically, it is the very popularity of these high-fat, protein-heavy diets that's partly responsible for the price increase in the first place.
According to the Bloomberg Protein Index (which tracks the prices of beef, bacon and 10 other protein sources), the cost of animal proteins in the United States rose 5% this year, and climbed 28% during the past five years.
Analysts noted that pork prices climbed partly because of reduced supplies after a virus killed as many as eight million hogs, while beef prices are up after several years of drought have reduced cattle herds. Both beef and bacon are favorite foods among followers of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic, Paleo, and Atkins diets.
Mainstream Media Declares War on Saturated Fat Is Over
Despite the price hike, these diets are more popular than ever, buoyed by a recent Time magazine article declaring the war on fat as over, as scientists now concede they were wrong to say unprocessed saturated fat was unhealthy for the past 40 years. The admission vindicates the LCHF ketogenic, Atkins, and Paleo diets, whose proponents have said all along that eating fat does not make you fat.
The ketogenic, Atkins and Paleo diets have also enjoyed renewed popularity as high-profile celebrities have openly embraced the low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat diets. Tim McGraw recently credited the Paleo diet and CrossFit for his jaw-dropping 40-pound weight loss. Similarly, Jack Osbourne lost 70 pounds and manages his multiple sclerosis with the Paleo diet.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and counts among its devotees the Los Angeles Lakers, supermodel Adriana Lima, and actors Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, Robin Wright and Kellan Lutz.
Research suggests the Paleo and ketogenic diets accelerate weight loss, and prevent/manage cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer's. Proponents routinely say they enjoy weight loss without extreme calorie restriction. A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
'Ketogenic Diet Beats Chemotherapy for Most Cancers'
Kim Kardashian recently credited a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-style Atkins diet for her 56-pound weight loss just six months after giving birth to daughter North. And Sharon Osbourne lost 30 pounds in six weeks on a ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her carb intake to 25 grams, Atkins nutritionist Linda O'Byrne told me.
Renowned cancer researcher Dr. Thomas Seyfried recently told me the ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for almost all cancers. His bold comments slamming the medical community for ignoring the efficacy of the ketogenic diet for cancer has ignited furious debate in the blogosphere.
"The reason why the ketogenic diet is not being prescribed to treat cancer is purely economical," said Dr. Seyfried. "Cancer is big business. There are more people making a living off cancer than there are dying of it."
Dr. Seyfried says the time has come for the medical community to publicly acknowledge the viability of the ketogenic diet as an inexpensive, non-toxic way to treat cancer.
"The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for cancer," said Seyfried, author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease. "The ketogenic diet may one day replace the standard of care for most cancers. To those who doubt me, I say: 'Prove me wrong.'"