Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Even cavemen did not eat the Paleo Diet

In an article in the Natural Standard, we learn that the Paleolithic age--or Old Stone Age--was about 2.5 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago, ending when stone tools began to be used to deliberately grow food, not just whack it on the head and take it home.

In the Paleo Diet, as described in countless books, up to 40% of the calories are from meat and fish, with the remaining being unsaturated fat, fruits, and veggies. Grains, legumes, dairy, potatoes, and refined sugar, salt and oils--generally excluded.

Recently, in the Quarterly Review of Biology, though, researchers say early hominids did not follow any given regimen--they lived in various areas and ate what they found there. In the northern climates, this might be more animal-based, in the southern, more plant based.

OK, this is interesting, but is it significant? We live in various habitats now and can focus on Moon Pies or lobster, depending.

Is a primarily animal, protein-based diet best just because cave folk scarfed it? Is dairy bad because cave mothers did not have milking cows?

I tend to be skeptical. I think throughout, men have been omnivores--eating pretty much anything that tasted OK and did not kill them.

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