Those who follow the paleo diet often follow he diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly enough, one new study suggests that the paleo diet has adverse effects upon one’s heart health.
The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, is titled Long-Term Paleolithic Diet is Associated with Lowe Resistant Starch Intake, Different Gut Microbiota Composition and Increased Serum TMO Concentrations.
IT is difficult to discern what exactly the study is saying by the title. The objective of the study was to determine the association between dietary intake, markers of colonic health, microbiotica, and serum triethylamine-N-Oxide, a gut derived metabolite associated with cardiovascular disease.
The study assessed participants ages 18 to 70, who self-reported following the paleo diet for the duration of a year. The study determined that the group adhering to a strict paleo diet had lower dietary fiber intake, and a higher protein intake. The fat intake was high in that group as well. The study also determined that TMAO concentrations were higher in the strict group.
The reasons for the results may be due to the composition of the paleo diet, which is essentially protein. Like most studies though, users should read them with a grain of salt. More research into the impact of the paleo diet on heart health may lead to more conclusive results.