Grant Schofield Defends the Paleo Diet for Diabetes


Schofield is a Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology and Director of the Human Potential Centre. Prof. Sofianos Andrikopoulos authored an anti-paleo diet editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Schofield penned a rebuttal at Sciblogs. A sample:

“The paleo diet – the idea that we should be guided in human nutrition/public health nutrition by evolutionary history is steeped with controversy. Health experts and authorities are seemingly going well out of their way to make sure people are warned off such ways of eating.

Proponents are often mystified by this, because the idea of using human evolutionary history to understand human function is common in human biology. In fact its a guiding principle. As well, in the midst of a chronic disease epidemic, including diabetes and obesity which are potentially improved by this approach, you’d think approaches which are based on whole food eating, and appeal to at least some of the population would be welcomed.

I find it curious that other approaches such as vegetarianism, which are often based not around science, but religion and other beliefs are welcome in public health nutrition advice. Yet the paleo approach is not.

Yes, people who are follow this way of eating are restricted to eating much less processed food and often lower carbohydrate diets. Neither of these approaches are known to be anything but beneficial for human health, especially in the context of diabetes.”

Source: Sciblogs | Anti-paleo diet attacks miss the point Read the whole thing.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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One response to “Grant Schofield Defends the Paleo Diet for Diabetes

  1. Now we have a pro Paleo Diet stance from another “expert” as opposed to your previous blog from an anti Paleo Diet “expert”.

    Whilst this author makes good points about the flaws in the anti paleo diet argument he also makes sweeping generalisations and oversimplifies what causes high blood glucose in the first place. He also fails to mention that for some/many too much calories per day in general bump up the BGs.

    I’ve got some paleo diet cookbooks and most of the recipes are not suitable for me as they are not low carb enough.

    As I said in a previous comment the best way to get to a diet that works for you is to eat to your meter ie test, test and test again until you build up a profile of what you can eat and what you can’t. Also remember our bodes change so our responses to carbs change in addition to how our liver behaves. The authors comment that low carbs = less glucose from the liver is way too simplistic and might discourage some from a low carb diet when they discover that their BGs do not get lower. If that happens it might be a good idea to reduce further calorie consumption.

    So to sum up, the Paleo Diet is a good way to control BG for some/many but additional approaches such as a more restricted calorie intake may be needed.