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

spike spike66 at att.net
Tue Apr 19 18:09:29 UTC 2011

>... On Behalf Of BillK
Subject: Re: [ExI] pale diet again: RE: It's not only the fittest who

On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM, Harvey Newstrom  wrote:
>> To be clearer:  I am not denying that Paleos ate meat, vegetables and 
>> fruit.  You are absolutely correct that grains couldn't fulfill most 
>> of the diet...

>Sounds pretty much like what I would call a balanced diet.

>Meat, veg, grain and fruit.  What's not to like?...BillK

The paleo diet is based on the notion that we should eat in accordance with
the way we evolved.  Humans radiated out of Africa long enough ago that they
would have been time for digestive systems to evolve variations dependent on
where the genetically isolated subgroups of humans evolved.  For instance,
the Inuits have developed the ability to subsist entirely on meat, whereas
the Europeans tend to develop gout and ketosis if we try that.  We suspect
that some groups of humans can subsist entirely on diets that apparently
lack one or two essential amino acids.  Some humans have cow's milk
allergies, others do not.  The examples are plentiful and informative.

Since humans are suddenly no longer reproductively isolated, my notion is
that human digestive systems have wide diversity today even within
genetically related groups.  Everyone must discover for themselves what
works and what doesn't.  Universal rules need not apply.  If such were
universally applicable, there would be little debate: we would have
discovered all of them long ago.

My intuition from half a century of experimentation: eat light, get
sufficient fat from both plant and animal sources, go easy on the sugar and
alcohol, fast occasionally, devour sushi at every opportunity.


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