The word “paleo” is short for Paleolithic and is the name of a popular diet that has been praised by many for its incredible health benefits. The paleo diet consists of meat, vegetables and fish, while avoiding processed foods and grain products, since cavemen didn’t have supermarkets nor were they experts in agriculture. Many assumed that the Paleolithic humans knew more about nutrition than our modern experts. A new study shows otherwise.
Ken Sayers is an anthropologist at Georgia State University in Atlanta and he just published a study about the paleo diet, saying that there is very little evidence showing that Paleolithic cavemen who lived more than 10,000 years ago, ate a specialized diet in order to survive. Sayers also said that no one knows if the cavemen considered a group of food more important than others.
Sayers said that it’s very hard for today’s experts to fully understand what our and how our ancestors chose their food, since we don’t really have that much evidence.
The recent study that destroys some myths about the paleo diet, examined chemical, biological and anthological clues suggesting that our early ancestors lived in a very diverse environment. The study reveals that the Paleolithic cavemen were not expert hunters, and their flat teeth could not have chewed a large variety of plants. The study shows that their diet was rather opportunistic than by their own choice.
Many assume that early humans had access to a lot of the natural foods we have today, but the recent study shows that a lot of the foods changed their taste with the passing of time. For example, the langur monkeys, whose diet is close related to the Paleolithic cavemen, do not eat the wild strawberries that grow on the Nepal mountains because they are very bitter. They do not share the same taste as the strawberries we buy from the supermarket, which have been bred for their sweetness and flavor.
Paleo diet expert, Cain Credicott said that the paleo diet is about more than food. Is about getting more sleep, consuming foods that have been locally grown, reducing stress and spend more time outside, and not in front of our computers and smartphones.
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