[ExI] pale diet again: RE: It's not only the fittest who survive.
sparge at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 12:35:24 UTC 2011
On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 6:52 PM, Harvey Newstrom <mail at harveynewstrom.com>wrote:
> 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.
I'd be curious to know what evidence there is for that assertion.
> Big game meat was not a daily occurrence.
Big game is not the only source of meat. There's small games, fish, and
And even when big game was bagged, it was not
> high-fat as seen in today's deliberately fattened meats.
Most primal/paleo eaters prefer pasture-raised and finished meat for that
reason and because of the better balance of omega 3's and omega 6's.
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.
There's evidence of pre-agricultural grain consumption but it's pretty thin.
However, a diet that includes occasional *wild* grains would have to qualify
as primal/paleo, in my book.
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