What Did A Caveman Really Eat?

The Paleo Diet is of course based on eating as our paleolithic ancestors did. At first glance it might seem obvious what they ate, given our image of the hunter whose diet consisted mostly of meat, but it is not that clear. Indeed some experts have suggested that the diet was mainly fruit and vegetables with meat being the occasional treat rather than the main part of the diet.

I am therefore interested in any research/articles etc. regarding the Paleo Diet and I noticed recently that new evidence has come to light about what our caveman ancestors actually ate.

Many studies had concluded that between 60 and 80 percent of the prehistoric human diet came from proteins, with most of that from animal sources. But a new study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology concludes that it was more like 45%.

That image of a caveman gnawing on a hunk of bison meat may need a makeover. A new chemical analysis of modern diets suggests Stone Age humans ate less meat than thought.

The findings, published in the November issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, may explain why many archaeologists estimate that prehistoric people got most of their calories from lean meat or fish when modern humans would be literally poisoned by such a protein-heavy diet.

See the full story at Fox News.

This might be interpreted as supporting those who criticize the Paleo Diet for the lack of any limit on the consumption of meat. However, in fact this is not fair as most of those who support the Paleo Diet have always recommended the consumption of a properly balanced diet.

However its seems that the popular image of the caveman may be in need of some revision.

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