Should You Lighten Up? Is Paleo The Answer?

There’s always a constant conflict in the minds of hungry Americans. Should you eat healthy, or should you eat tasty? They may not always be at opposite ends of the spectrum, as some healthy food can be incredibly tasty, and bad for you food might just be bad all around.

At the beginning of the year, this may be on the minds of more Americans; the traditional New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, with many thinking that if they start now, they might be in perfect shape for swimsuit season when summer comes around.

Two restaurants, Denny’s and Applebee’s, have taken the challenge on making healthier meals, according to NY Daily News, The latter has continued their partnership with Weight Watcher’s and has added new items to the “under 500 calories” menu. Beyond these menu items for adults, they’ve made sure that children meals now have healthier options, given that in previous years they featured a meal with 62 grams of fat and 1,210 calories.

The former, Denny’s, has started a “Fit Fare” menu, theoretically offering lower-calorie versions of their main dishes, While each month the menu will introduce a new item, they will aim to keep the concept of the food the same, with healthier ingredients in place, such as turkey bacon for regular bacon.

While the quest for health is a noble one, a popular diet might not be as productive as you think it is. Mother Jones has taken a look at the Paleo diet, one designed for humanity to eat like our ancestors did during the Paleolithic era. In their reasoning, the diet just simply does not “work” in the modern age.

  • To start, the animals we eat are not the ones that were around back then. There may be cows in both era, but our modern ones are taken care of more, and pumped full of antibiotics, and aren’t as lean as they once were.
  • Bread, while largely shunned by the Paleo diet, can actually contain many nutrients from grains.
  • Microbes are important, and if you skip out on fermented foods like beer, yogurt, and pickles, you’re missing out on some compounds that microbes like in your stomach.
  • Going raw takes longer time to chew and digest, and doesn’t completely make available all the nutrients in food in a timely manner.

The Paleo diet has it’s benefits, and is a popular concept for dieters in this day and age, but it isn’t without it’s faults. The issue with any diet is, though, once you’re off the diet, your body will slowly return back to normal.

Should your business focus on these efforts? Lower calorie, less fat meals might be  a good thing for your restaurant to try, as they’ll appeal to the health-conscious. While the Paleo diet might be a temporary plan that might not fully work the way people want it to, lower calories, less sugar, and less fats will always be tried-and-true guidelines to making healthier dishes.