The paleo diet is the year's No. 1 Googled diet, backing up the trend toward more natural eating.
The Paleo diet, also known as the "Caveman diet," attempts to take the public's eating habits to the age when humans were hunters and gatherers. It beat out "juice cleanse," "Mediterranean," and "Master Cleanse" diets in top Google diet searches.
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Paleo followers believe that humans should eat what our ancestors ate — namely vegetables, meat, tubers, and fruit — before artificial food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, and unpronounceable chemicals.
"It seems clear now that there are some genetic changes that allow some of us to partially adapt to agriculture," Chris Kresser, author of "Your Personal Paleo Code," told NPR
. Kesser's book promotes an individualized approach to paleo.
Paleo searches topped out in April when Marlene Zuk's book "Paleofantasy" came out. Zuk, taking a different point of view, argued that humans didn't stop evolving 10,000 years ago so our diet then could not have been perfect. She said, thus, humans today could not possibly be biologically identical to cavemen.
"Evolution is deceptively easy to incorporate into your thinking," Zuk told NPR in May. "But there's a pervasive misconception that anything could be perfectly adapted to its environment, and if the environment changes it gets knocked off its pedestal."
The Daily Beast's Kent Sepkowitz said Google's top trending diet
seems to demonstrate a distrust of the way we eat now and the needs we have.
"As Paleo (diet) reminds us, we actually are animals and have developed with certain dietary needs," Sepkowitz wrote on Sunday. "These include carbs and protein and fats, minerals and vitamins and electrolytes. We have teeth that allow us to grind plants (molars) or tear flesh (incisors).
"We are evolutionarily pretty well adapted to eat just about anything. OK, maybe not Cheetos or soda or Big Macs, but we can handle just about everything else, as long as the portions are not sized to handle a hungry man," Sepkowitz continued.
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