A fiery debate flying around the internet these days is the “Paleo vs. Vegan” argument. Vegans (especially raw vegans) claim that meat and fat cause you to be overweight and unhealthy, while Paleo people insist that it is sugar and carbs that make you fat and unhealthy. These two diets/lifestyles seem to be drastically different from one another, but what hardly anyone seems to be addressing is one incredibly important similarity: both diets preach the importance of eliminating processed foods from their diets.
In the video below, the incredibly popular Youtuber called Freelee the Banana Girl discusses childhood obesity. Although I don’t agree with a few of her points (namely, that you should be eating nearly your weight in fruit per day, and that animal meat is horrible for you), she does have many good points about the causes of childhood obesity and obesity in general. Most children these days are raised to think that processed junk is “food,” while not even being able to recognize actual food (like fruits and vegetables).
Even though raw vegans say that a high-carb diet is the key to health and weight-loss, I’m sure most of them would agree that carbs in the form of highly-processed sugar, like candy bars, is not what they have in mind.
Likewise, people following the Paleo movement will agree that, although they say that fat is extremely beneficial, that fat in the form of highly-processed garbage, like a Big Mac or french fries cooked in vegetable oil, is not the kind of fat anyone should be eating, either.
Instead of these two groups of food-enthusiasts arguing over the internet about whose diet is better, they really should be uniting in promoting the importance of vegetables and fruit, and strengthening the fight against processed foods and the packaged-food industry. That’s who the real enemy is.
What are your thoughts on this? I would love to hear your opinions…