This new buzz-diet is taking the wellness space by storm and could potentially be the next big thing. Paleo was thriving five years ago, but it’s slowly on the decline. On the other hand, the vegan lifestyle is booming, and Australia is the third fastest growing vegan market in the world.
But if Paleo prides itself on a diet of heavy meat consumption and veganism is far from it, does combining these opposites make us better off, or worse?
What is the Pegan diet?
The Pegan diet is relatively new, founded by Dr Mark Hyman in 2015. Dr Hyman preaches that “food [is] more powerful than any drug to reverse disease.”
Dr Hyman explains that by taking the ‘hunter-gatherer’ style of eating from the Paleo diet, avoiding processed foods and adding in plenty of the plant-based options the vegan diet is well-known for, you get the ultimate health hybrid.
The diet is currently most popular in the US, including supporters like Bill Clinton, and is slowly spreading to Australian shores.
What’s in and what’s out on the Pegan diet?
Peganism is based on the 75/25 rule.
Fruit and vegetables make up the bulk of the diet and the remaining 25 per cent is a combination of protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Dr Hyman encourages you to include mostly non-starchy vegetables (avoiding starchy veggies like potato, sweet potato, corn) and go for plenty of variety and colour.