What is the PEGAN diet? Dr. Mark Hyman explains | Thrive Market


For 30 years, people have been asking me what the heck’s should I eat. They’re so confused and there’s so many competing ideas up out there- the Paleo diet, the vegan diet, the keto diet, the low-fat diet, all those diets, right? So I was sitting on a panel with a couple of friends of mine. One was a vegan cardiologist, the other’s a paleo doc, and I was like, wow, if you’re paleo, you’re vegan, I must be Pegan. And then I thought, well, maybe there’s something here, and what I realized was, there’s a set of dietary principles that is actually foundational that pretty much nobody can disagree with: low sugar glycemic diet. Get rid of refined processed foods- sugar, flour, we don’t want to be eating that stuff. Eat lots of plant foods, a plant rich diet, not necessarily plant-based, but 75% your plate should be non-starchy veggies. Lots of good fats, lots of nuts and seeds, Omega-3 fat in fish, avocados, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil. I think we need to consume foods that are sustainably or regeneratively raised or grown if they’re animal foods: whole eggs that are pature-raised, grass-fed meats. And, if we’re eating grains, we should be eating ideally grains that are low glycemic whole grains, but they shouldn’t be in huge amounts. I think we should stick to more gluten-free grains like black rice and amaranth and quinoa and buckwheat, weird grains that aren’t actually you know, used that much, so they’re not all kind of messed with by science. And no, not 2 to 3 cups a day, but maybe half a cup or a cup at the most. Nothing is out of the picture. You want a dairy? Try sheep or goat. You want grains? Try these grains. And depending on what your issues are, you can personalize that. It’s not a dogmatic diet or rigid, and you can mix and match and create all sorts of different eating patterns with it, because it’s not just calories. It’s information. And when you understand this ability to change your gene expression, change your hormones, change your immune system, change your brain chemistry, it’s super empowering.

4 Comments

  1. They just said the Mediterranean diet is the best diet. I’m Greek and everyone in my family lives to be over 100. Olive oil is a human preservative.

  2. Omg another fad american thingy

  3. This indeed is the best diet plan I have ever seen. I am a physician as well, and have experimented with veganism for 2 years, but didn't feel well. Have moved around Paleo as well.

  4. People have to find what works for them. Everyone is different. DNA tests have proven that.

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