We are secretly delighted to hear the news that the Paleo diet may have been wrong all along about ditching the carbs.
It's SO extremely difficult to lead a low-carb life as the diet advises, eating mainly just fruit, vegetables, meat, nuts and seeds.
Many celebrities have been seen to swear by the Paleo diet including Matthew McConaughey and golfer Phil Mickelson.
Although this diet has gained a lot of popularity over the passed few years, experts are now debating whether we need to include carbs in our diet or not.
A study carried out in the University of Chicago suggests that eating carbohydrates was vital for the acceleration of brain growth over millions of years, these carbohydrates include potatoes which the Paleo diet suggests you steer clear of.
Several nutritionists have also joined the debate saying that although the Paleo diet helps people lose weight, it may not be the healthiest option.
The Paleo diet is based around the diet of those living in the Paleolithic era. It's concerned with people eating the same diet as our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have eaten.
Although this diet has been effective since being introduced, the study carried out says "“Eating meat may have kick-started the evolution of bigger brains, but cooked starchy foods together with more salivary amylase genes made us smarter still.”
According to this study, to truly eat Paleo, higher levels of carbohydrates are necessary. The explanation for this finding it that the brain uses 1/4 of the body's energy which is hard to meet on a low-carb diet.
The study reports: “Up until now, there has been a heavy focus on the role of animal protein and cooking in the development of the human brain over the last 2 million years"
"The importance of carbohydrate, particular in form of starch-rich plant foods, has been largely overlooked.”