What is the Pegan Diet?
Recently, a new diet is known as the “Pegan Diet” has spread, so what is this diet?
The term “Pegan” is a hybrid word derived from the word “Paleo” which means “Stone Age” and the word “Vegan” which means “vegetarian”.
The Pegan Diet is based on the idea of combining the Stone Age diet, also known as the “Caveman Diet” or the “Paleo” diet, meaning vegetarianism and eating meat.
This diet consists in reducing sugar as much as possible and giving up vegetable oils with the exception of olive oil and a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits while dispensing with legumes, dairy products, additives, and gluten, while it is allowed to eat meat as a side dish.
The Bijan diet is also based on avoiding processed carbohydrates because they have a high glycemic index.
The glycemic index is a rating of carbohydrates on a scale of 0 to 100 based on how high your blood sugar is after eating them.
German therapeutic dietitian Olaf Linzen said about his objective evaluation of this diet, that of course he prefers the idea of a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and less meat as much as possible and stay away from foods with a high glycemic index, but he criticizes the idea of dispensing with legumes and grains; Since there is absolutely nothing to make up for that from a nutritional science perspective.
For her part, German nutrition expert Ursula Hudson considers a lot of fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products, eating meat and fish in moderation, reducing fat, sugar, and salt, and staying away as much as possible from fast food and ready-made foods, but she has a skeptical view of new diets, stressing that proper nutrition that is beneficial for health should be balanced, that is, eating all the nutrients and not giving up any of them, in order to avoid one-sided nutrition, which can lead to malnutrition.