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  •  Ted Talk (2+ / 0-)
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    ZhenRen, Crider provided a link to a fascinating Ted Talk by Dr. Warinner, who is a scientist who specializes in research on ancient diets. That's a few comments up from here.

    It is a really fascinating presentation.

    One pretty basic point she makes is that none of us who get our food in supermarkets are eating the same thing that ancient peoples ate. Even the meat comes by way of farmers, with animals bred so that the meat is layered with fat. Vegetables? Bred to be beautiful, easy to eat, and non-toxic.

    Paleo diets varied from one region to another. People ate what they could get their hands on.

    I've heard her interviewed elsewhere. She noted that evolution didn't stop in Paleo times. Humans continued to evolve, adapting to changing conditions.

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      Marlene Zuk's Paleofantasy which generally debunks a lot of assumptions about prehistory and describes how evolution can happen very, very quickly. It's not primarily about diet, though it does point out that the assumptions followed by most paleo dieters don't really hold; a good amount of it deals with how existing species might or might not adapt to climate change.

      Sometimes truth is spoken from privilege and falsehood is spoken to power. Good intentions aren't enough.

      by ebohlman on Thu May 09, 2013 at 04:48:23 PM PDT

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      in Cordain's books. Bottom line is she is extremely uninformed on paleolithic dietary science. Cordain is a professor at Colorado State University, specializes in ancient diets, and studies/researches these diets extensively. He points out in his works/published studies that people ate various ratios of meats/vegetables/fruits/nuts depending on latitude and region. It is well known that ancient people ate a much wider variety of vegetables than are available today. Even insects were eaten. Warrinner is far from the first to point out selective breeding of vegetables in modern diets, or that modern meats are not natural unless grass fed and free range. Cordain mentions all of these in his book, which makes me wonder if she read his works. She is rather ignorant of basic facts about ancient diets. What she doesn't point out is these same facts apply to grains and legumes as well, which are nothing like the tiny grains which ripened unevenly in ancient times, and which were thus very hard to gather in sufficient quantities until the agricultural revolutions took place. The foods they could "get their hands on" tended to be foods that were efficiently gathered and hunted species, and grains and legumes simply were not gatherable in large enough quantities to make them worth the effort unless they were starving.

      And of course evolution keeps going, but simply stating this isn't evidence humans have adapted well enough to the agricultural revolution to make these foods healthy, and all of the reports coming in from around the world are showing very good results for various illnesses from people switching to the diet. My own experience proves it works for me.

      I suggest you read some of the scientific papers and books on the topic.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Thu May 09, 2013 at 11:15:35 PM PDT

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