The basics of the Pegan diet
The Pegan diet is a combination of the paleo or caveman diet and veganism. If that sounds like opposites diets colliding, it is.
Those on the Paleo diet eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and meat. They avoid dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, most vegetable oils, salt, alcohol and coffee.
Vegans focus on plant-based foods and avoid all animal products and byproducts, including eggs, dairy and honey.
The Pegan diet consists of about 75% fruits and vegetables, with a small side of meat, fish, eggs, some nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocado and occasional beans and grains.
What are the pros of this diet?
It cuts out refined, sugary and processed food and puts an emphasis on fruits and vegetables as the staple. Then it adds in protein on the side rather than as the main course. The focus on eating real, whole food that don’t raise blood sugar combats the incredible rise of type 2 diabetes and could help millions. It supports detoxification and anti-inflammatory principals too.
What are some of the drawbacks?
The restrictiveness of this diet could make it difficult to follow long term and could feel like a diet of deprivation. I can imagine people becoming bored with it after a short while and not adopting it as a way of eating for long enough to see the benefit.
Who would benefit from this diet?
Anyone needing to reduce inflammation – from sufferers of chronic pain and arthritis to those with cardiovascular disease. Anyone wanting to avoid type 2 diabetes, reduce weight and obesity, alleviate IBS and some digestive issues and benefit from an antioxidant and fibre rich diet would benefit from this diet.
Do you every see it becoming big and why?
I don’t think it will have the following of Keto or Intermittent Fasting, but some might try it for a while if they follow the newest diet on the block.