Ancient man ate to survive, not to keep their body fit and trim. They would eat anything that they could lay their hands on or their mouths could bite at every opportunity. That made them opportunists rather than diet experts according to anthropologists.
The popularity of the Paleo diet has captured a lot of people’s imagination. The Paleo diet is supposed to be what humans ate during the Paleolithic Age, which was from 12.6 million to 12,000 years ago. What they allegedly ate are meat, fish, and vegetables. A more protein based diet, which was excellent in its own way. However, whether the cavemen were at their top physical condition during those times is another story.
It’s difficult to think that people who existed during the Paleolithic age had the ability to discern which food would give them the nutritional requirements for their bodies. This is the stand of researchers of the latest scientific publication of Georgia State University which you can read at Quarterly Review of Biology. They are not questioning, however, the nutritional value of the foods.
“Based on evidence that’s been gathered over many decades, there’s very little evidence that any early hominids had very specialized diets or there were specific food categories that seemed particularly important, with only a few possible exceptions,” anthropologist Ken Sayers said in a press release.
Ancient men ate what they could get their hands on. Their protein supply differed based where they lived, Sayers and the other members of the team explained. The fruits and vegetables we are consuming now are totally diverse from what they gathered along the way several thousand years past. Majority of scientists don’t think that people who lived during the Paleolithic were in a better condition than modern man. For one thing, they had shorter life spans.
“Throughout the vast majority of our evolutionary history, balancing the diet was not a big issue,” Sayers said. “They were simply acquiring enough calories to survive and reproduce. Everyone would agree that ancestral diets didn’t include Twinkies, but I’m sure our ancestors would have eaten them if they grew on trees.”