Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Idiocy and Fallacy of The Paleo Diet Exposed, Part II: New Article Proves - Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians


  
Here again is another well written article that follows the same line of reasoning based on strong evidence.
Titled, Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians, this excellent article, with good sprinkles of humor, again lays waste to the idiocy of the Paleo Diet that is pushed by the trendy CrossFit movement.  I pasted in key paragraphs below to summarize the argument (backed up again by strong anthropological findings), but you can read the full article at: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/07/23/human-ancestors-were-nearly-all-vegetarians/

If I was to sum it up, I’d say, yes, there is a paleo diet, but those who want to TRULY follow it may not really like what it TRULY is!  Read on.

From the article:

The majority of the food consumed by primates today–and every indication is for the last thirty million years–is vegetable, not animal. Plants are what our apey and even earlier ancestors ate; they were our paleo diet for most of the last thirty million years during which our bodies, and our guts in particular, were evolving. In other words, there is very little evidence that our guts are terribly special and the job of a generalist primate gut is primarily to eat pieces of plants. We have special immune systems, special brains, even special hands, but our guts are ordinary and for tens of millions of years those ordinary guts have tended to be filled with fruit, leaves, and the occasional delicacy of a raw hummingbird

And so if you are serious about eating a really old school paleo diet, if you mean to eat what our bodies evolved to eat in the “old” days, you really need to be eating more insects. Then again, our guts aren’t so different from those of rats. Maybe the rats… , well, I’ll come back to them 4.

Which paleo diet should we eat? The one from twelve thousand years ago? A hundred thousand years ago? Forty million years ago? IF we want to return to our ancestral diets, the ones we ate when most of the features of our guts were evolving, we might reasonably eat what our ancestors spent the most time eating during the largest periods of the evolution of our guts. If that is the case, we need to be eating fruits, nuts, and vegetables—especially fungus-covered tropical leaves.

Or maybe you are really paleo and you are going to focus on insects, which might favor other bacteria (able to break down insect chitin). Eating insects has many advantages too, albeit not for the insects. Any of these possibilities are better than the average modern diet, one so bad that any point in the past can come to seem like the good ole days, unless you go too far back to a point when our ancestors lived more like rats and probably ate everything, including their own feces. Sometimes what happens in paleo should really stay in paleo

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