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The Paleo Diet

History is littered with the skeletal remains of fad diets. (Atkins? We hardly knew ye. South Beach? You seemed like Atkins with a sexier name.) The latest entrant: the Paleo diet, a regimen that only allows foods our ancestors (supposedly) ate in the Paleolithic period, more than 10,000 years ago. The controversial craze calls for caveman-friendly meats, fish, nuts, and veggies, plus plenty of exercise. That means no grains, dairy, legumes, or refined sugar. (You can still have a sweet tooth, though. Falmouth’s White Lion Baking Company sells only Paleo baked goods.) The diet has its origins in the 1970s, but it’s caught fire more recently (helped, perhaps, by increased attention to gluten sensitivity). But devotees’ claims have elicited smirks and sighs from anthropologists and nutritionists alike. The Paleolithic period lasted 2.5 million years. We somehow doubt the Paleo hype will last 2.5 years.

_ Stuff Boston