Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Even cavemen did not eat the Paleo Diet
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.