[ExI] pale diet again: RE: It's not only the fittest who survive.

Harvey Newstrom mail at harveynewstrom.com
Wed Apr 6 22:52:26 UTC 2011

Dan <dan_ust at yahoo.com> wrote,
> This also seems to fit some of the archaeological evidence too. There seems to 
> have been many big kills where there was even waste, but these were not everyday 
> or even every month affairs, it seems.

This is my problem with the Paleo diet.  The archeology does not fit a
high-fat diet.  Everything I read shows that hunter/gatherers got more
of their diet from gathering than hunting.  Big game meat was not a
daily occurrence.  And even when big game was bagged, it was not
high-fat as seen in today's deliberately fattened meats.  Therefore, I
do not believe that high-fat meals are a good emulation of a paleo diet,
even if eaten rarely.

I also doubt the lack of grains in the diet.  Archeological evidence
shows that grains were routinely gathered and used in paleo times.  Just
because agriculture did not domesticate grains until later does not mean
they were lacking in the paleo diet.

So, besides the nutritional objections to the paleo diet, I also object
to the diet on archeological grounds.  Even if I wanted to emulate a
paleo diet, it certainly would not be a high-meat or high-fat diet.  And
it would not exclude grains.  (It might exclude dairy.)

Harvey Newstrom, Security Consultant, <www.HarveyNewstrom.com>

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