It's the latest diet trend to hit the health world. Pegan combines two seemingly opposite eating plans: paleo and vegan. Here's what you need to know …

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Unless you’ve been living under a steak-shaped rock, you’ll know that the paleo diet was the diet of last year – rumour has it that Uma Thurman, Matthew McConaughey and at least one person in your office were all following it.

 

But oh, how the diet tides have turned. A new way of eating has started to gain momentum in the health-craze world and could be set to topple the paleo diet's crown.


Step forward the 'pegan' diet.

 

Combining two seemingly opposing diets, veganism and paleo, the pegan diet cherry-picks foods from each eating plan – and health hipsters claim it's the best of both diet worlds.

 

For the uninitiated, the general idea behind the much-hyped paleo diet is to eat like hunter-gatherers would have 10,000 or so years ago. It categorises food into three groups: foods to eat liberally, foods to eat in moderation and foods to avoid. Put simply, say goodbye to dairy, grains, pulses, sweeteners and processed foods.

 

A vegan diet, in contrast, avoids animal products and is based on grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

 

Dr Mark Hyman – director of the Cleveland Clinic Centre for Functional Medicine in the US and who popularised the term 'pegan' – claims, “This way of eating makes the most sense for our health and the health of our planet." 

 

So what can a pegan eat?

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Good-quality fats (such as olive oil, nuts and avocados)
  • Eggs, fish and poultry (in moderation)
  • Sugar (as an occasional treat)
  • Gluten-free wholegrains sparingly (quinoa, oats and buckwheat)
  • Meat – red meat must be grass-fed and served as a side

 

What can’t a pegan eat?

  • Dairy
  • Gluten (as an occasional treat)
  • Sugar (yes, this falls into the occasional treat camp, too)

 

 

Please note this article has been produced for information purposes only and is not condoning the consumption of these foods at the stated quantities. It should not be viewed as a replacement for any kind of nutritional advice.

 

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