The Paleo Diet’s Impact On The Gut

The Paleo Diet is notorious for being “good for the gut” because it naturally removes many trigger foods such as dairy and gluten and focuses on eating whole, unprocessed foods. Since the diet is high in fiber, many people report having a positive experience with Paleo, but recent studies show that it may harm the gut in the long term.

What is the Paleo diet?

The concept of the Paleolithic diet started in the 1970s as a reaction to the rise of ultra-processed, low-cost, readily available foods. Anthropologists have found that the diet most likely consisted of four main food groups: plants, animals, seafood, and insects. The western adaptation of the diet includes:

  • Lean meats 
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Fresh foods
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Plant-based oils

The diet has been shown to aid in weight loss, support heart health and help control blood sugar. 

Effects Of Paleo and The Gut

Due to the increased interest in the Paleo diet, researchers have begun to study its long-term effects. An Australian study found that doing the Paleo diet for one year damages the gut microbiome. The study points to removing entire food groups as the reason for the imbalances found in the gut. This impacts your gut’s ability to function and can harm your overall health. The study specifically points to finding increased levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), an organic compound involved in the development of cardiovascular disease.

Another study found that those who follow a Paleo diet long-term have a lower intake of resistant starch, which is important for feeding the good bacteria in the gut. Removing specifically whole wheat, grains, and legumes can be attributed to this imbalance.

Many who have been on the Paleo diet for a short period have experience richness within the gut microbiome, studies show the long-term effects have adverse effects. In the long-term, researchers have found the composition of the gut has changed unfavorably when on the Paleo diet. These changes can create an unhealthy digestive system which can negatively affect your mind and body.

Should you try the Paleo diet?

Most studies have reported that the long-term effects of the Paleo diet can cause real damage to the gut. However, if you are interested in trying the diet for under one year, it likely won’t have negative health implications or create major issues within your digestive system. 

It’s a good reminder not to jump on diet trends just because they tout great results. Dietitians have found that a fully rounded diet consisting of whole foods is the best for those who suffer from digestive issues. As always, consult your doctor before committing to a new diet to ensure it’s safe for you!

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Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend


Gut Garden's resistant starch prebiotic fiber blend is a mix of raw unmodified potato starch and 4 soluble fiber types. Resistant starch has been shown to work best when paired with a diverse array of other soluble fibers.

Prebiotics are the preferred food source for beneficial bacteria, where they digest and form short chain fatty acids that are responsible for a host of benefits:

  • Weight Loss
  • Reduction in Inflammation
  • Improvement in symptoms of IBS and IBD
  • Balanced blood sugar and improvement in insulin sensitivity
  • Reduction in anxiety and depression
  • Repairs to "leaky gut"
  • Increased absorption of nutrients

Serving size: 1 scoop(17.96g)
Servings per container: 30

 Ingredient Name Amount Per Serving
Calories 60
Total Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Calcium 30mg
Sodium 28mg
Unmodified Potato Starch Powder 12g
(from Umbrella Arum Root Extract)
Arabinogalactan (Larix Laricina) 1.75g
Acacia Senegal Powder 1.25g
Inulin (From Chicory Root Powder) 750mg

Other Ingredients: None

Mix vigorously with at least 8 ounces of water of blend into a smoothie. Start by taking ¼ scoop and gradually increase the dose as tolerated.

Take only as directed. Consume immediately after mixing with liquid as this product will thicken quickly once mixed. If not taken with adequate amounts of fluid, this product may swell in the throat, causing blockage or choking. Avoid use if you have ever had esophageal narrowing or swallowing difficulties. Consult a Healthcare practitioner if pregnant or nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place after opening.

Q. How long will this bottle last?

A. Each bottle has 30 full servings. However, if you're new to taking prebiotics, we suggest starting with about a quarter serving and working your way up slowly until you can tolerate a full scoop. So depending on your tolerance each bottle should last one month or longer.

Q. How does it taste?

A. This product is unflavored.

Q. Does this come in capsule form?

A. No, only powder form.

Q. Will this product dissolve in hot liquids?

A. The product will dissolve in liquids. However, we don't advise mixing it with a warm beverage because there is evidence that heat will degrade the resistant starch properties.

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