If you read my in depth post on the paleo diet, then you already know it isn't exactly my cup of tea. Long story short, a.) it overemphasizes animal foods b.) whole grains and legumes are perfectly nutritious, and they were consumed by paleolithic man and c.) it ignores this little thing called evolution.
Still, I think a plant-based version of the paleo diet can be quite healthy. Although I find the whole craze a bit annoying at times, there are a few things I appreciate about it. Paleo has enlightened many people to the dangers of processed food and the nutritional benefits of following a diet rooted in whole foods. More people are thinking of quality in choosing animal foods, looking grassfed, local and organic options. Personally, I've quite enjoyed reading paleo food blogs and learning all sorts of creative, tasty and nutritious substitutions for non-paleo ingredients, especially grains.
At supper club on Sunday, someone who was reading Grain Brain asked me my thoughts on the great grain debate. Glance at my recipe index and you'll quickly see I'm not anti-grain. Whole grains are high in fiber, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and there is a wealth of scientific evidence showing their health benefits. Refined grains on the other hand, like white rice and foods made with white flour, ought to be put in the same category of danger as added sugar.