The Myth of the “Paleo Diet” Prehistoric Humans Supposedly Ate (and What the Latest Scientific Findings Say)

  • Cecilia Baria
  • BBC News World

image source, Hermann Pontzer


Hermann Pontzer, a professor of evolutionary anthropology, has studied the diet of hunter-gatherers in various parts of the planet.

Eating like a “man cave” is a popular diet among those who want to lose weight and eat like they did in the Stone Age.

In an attempt to cash in on a trend commonly known as Paleo, this diet has fantastic properties such as improving skin, boosting immunity, solving digestive problems and helping with weight loss.

But…how do you eat the ancients? The diet includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds, as these are foods that humans are said to have eaten when they were hunter-gatherers.

This excludes foods that were more common 10,000 years ago when small-scale agriculture began, such as grains, legumes and dairy products.

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