It sneaks in everywhere, hiding behind a long list of different names and clever disguises. It creeps into tomato sauce, lurks in every salad dressing, and infiltrates otherwise-innocent canned soups. If you spend any time at all on Paleo, you practically start to see sugar peering out from behind every corner, shrouded in a black trench coat and hatching nefarious schemes to trap you in its clutches. Of course, like any other food, sugar is unhealthy when eaten to excess, or when eaten in a processed, refined, and artificial form. Some people would do better to avoid it — just as some people would do better to avoid nightshades, dairy, or eggs.
The elimination phase of the AIP as defined by Dr Sarah Ballantyne, PhD is also a powerful stepping stone towards deciphering underlying issues beyond autoimmune disease. When inflammation is reduced via the protocol, its is easier to feel what other health problems may be going on in the body. Autoimmune is a state of immune confusion where the immune system attacks the cells and tissues of the body. The most common trait of autoimmune disease is inflammation. The AIP elimination diet is based on the belief that gut permeability, aka leaky gut, is a root-cause of many autoimmune symptoms. The AIP diet removes foods high in lectins, phytates, and gluten which are known to cause intestinal permeability so the gut has a chance to heal. If you are considering the AIP you are probably fretting over the thought of giving up many of the foods you love. Now, to be fair, you will need to give up refined sugar.
The autoimmune protocol AIP diet aims to reduce inflammation and relieve other symptoms of autoimmune disorders. What can a person eat on this diet, and is there evidence of any benefits? An autoimmune disease causes the immune system to attack and damage healthy tissues or organs by mistake. Common examples of this type of disease include psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. An autoimmune disease can cause inflammation, and fatigue is another common symptom.