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Paleolithic diet

Katja Malus (2014) Paleolithic diet. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The paleolithic diet is a diet which imitates the nutrition eaten by various species of hominoids living in the paleolithic era by using foodstuffs available today. The objectives of our thesis were to research the nutrition of human ancestors, to describe a modern paleolithic diet and compare it to healthy dietary guidelines and present experience of individuals who were experimentally eating a paleolithic diet. The aim was to determine whether consuming a paleolithic diet could have beneficial effects on risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Our study included 9 volunteers who were consuming a paleolithic diet for 4-5 weeks. Their diet consisted of meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, eggs, mushrooms and fats (lard, olive oil, coconut oil and others), whereas cereal grains, dairy products, legumes, refined fats and sugar were not allowed. The volunteers overcame anthropometric measurements before and after eating the paleolithic diet. We estimated the intensity of their physical workouts and the volunteers kept food diaries for a week, which have been entered into the OPKP computer program. We established that the intensity of the volunteers’ physical workouts did not change during the study, that a short-term consumption of a paleolithic diet has beneficial effects on the well-being of the volunteers and that all the volunteers lost body fat and (excluding one volunteer) body weight. Our findings show that the paleolithic diet has beneficial effects on risk factors for non-communicable diseases (body weight, body fat percentage), however, further studies on a larger number of volunteers with additional biochemical parameter measurements are necessary.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: paleolithic nutrition, chronic non-communicable diseases, healthy dieting, physical activity
    Number of Pages: 164
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Verena KochMentor
    doc. dr. Stojan KostanjevecComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10037833)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education, Biotechnical faculty
    Item ID: 2111
    Date Deposited: 05 May 2014 11:55
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 11:45
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2111

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