Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the Paleo Diet

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Frank Thadeusz, November 08, 2013 (Photo Gallery: Stone Age Eating on the Paleo DietTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

The paleo diet – which supposedly mimics what our caveman ancestors ate – has become a new health craze. But many scientists doubt that this hunter-gatherer cuisine of meat, veggies and fruit is as healthy as advertised, or even historically correct.

There are a growing number of people dedicated to the world of healthy food and starvation diets. Sometimes they try to convince their fellow human beings to join them in their strict approach to eating, advising friends and partners to cut down on beer consumption or give up bratwurst.  

But now Tom Jones has come to the rescue of lovers of hearty food. The singer (”It’s Not Unusual”) was once considered a sex symbol. But Jones, who is about 1.80 meters (5′11″) tall, had put on weight over the years, reaching more than 100 kilograms (220 lbs.). When Jones decided that it was time to lose weight, he chose a decidedly masculine method. The singer adhered to the diet of people who lived in the Paleolithic Age, which meant eating primarily meat … //

… Crispy Lamb Brain in a Manioc Crust: … //

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… Paleo Bread and Cheese:

Restaurant manager Leite-Poço, for example, buys his meat from a farm in Trebbin, in the eastern state of Brandenburg, where the cattle graze on lush meadows and are not fed grain. Of course, he also buys his fruit and vegetables from organic farmers.

“We have paleo bread, and we have paleo cheese, but in terms of taste, they have nothing in common with their conventional namesakes,” says Leite-Poço.

It is doubtful that this approach is helping big-city dwellers eat like their role models from the Stone Age. Scientists at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station cultivated the Asian wild apple (Malus sieversii), which our ancestors once picked from trees. When an author from the New York Times tasted the fruit, he said it was “like biting into a crumbly Brazil nut, surrounded by a jacket of leathery skin.”
For nutrition experts, this is no surprise. “Our modern food products are well removed from their wild ancestors. They have been extremely modified and, as a result, are more calorie-rich, easier to ship or simply better-tasting then the original,” says biologist Zuk. She has sobering news for paleo diet fans: “Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t live exactly the way our ancestors did.”

In a recently published book, Zuk is tickled by the reversion to the Stone Age: “Did cave dwellers wonder, in nostalgic moments, how good life was when they couldn’t walk on two legs yet and were just lazing about in the trees?”
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(my comment: I am eating since almost two years about 4/5 of my daily food in paleo diet, most in vegetables and fruits, with few animal proteins, randomly some food supplements – almost 1/5 in good old civilization food inclusive Bratwurst – and my health is best. I experience that carbonhydrates give physical warm and muscle power, but also it makes the body acid, and then I feel the pains of my osteoarthritis. Therefore I eat mainly non-acidifying food and eliminated the crops, sugar and bakery for 95%. Now I feel quicker cold and my muscle power is no more like when I was carpenter, but still I live without any medics nor any vaccination, I have banned diabetics, never more have any flu and with 77 years I can still go for long diving vacations in warm southern seas, my cardio-vascular system still works perfectly … ok, all that with a calm grandma’lifestyle … so, what about all these critics … what do you want else – Heidi).

Links:

Paleo Diet on en.wikipedia including See also, and Archeological record: One line of evidence used to support the Stone Age diet is the decline in human health and body mass that occurred with the adoption of agriculture, at the end of the Paleolithic era.[1][118] Associated with the introduction of domesticated and processed plant foods, such as cereal grains, in the human diet, there was, in many areas, a general decrease in body stature and dentition size, and an increase in dental caries rates. There is evidence of a general decline in health in some areas; whether the decline was caused by dietary change is debated academically[6][170][171];

paleo diet recipes: on Google Web-search, and on YouTube-search;

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