The word paleo like the word berry can mean a number of things. Depending on who is talking, or who is selling the latest diet fad. We are more interested about the diet of the closest related animals to us, and what is the longest recorded diet of our ancestors? I love bigfoot but the closest thing to the missing link is us or guerillas, both of us can be huge by only eating plants. While studying nutrition my professor Dr. Gregor taught about the proponents to plantbased eating as a way to avoid and or reverse disease. Plantbased doesn’t mean void of animals, it means the foundation of your diet is plants and 1-5% can be meat if you feel so inclined. In the video below Dr. Gregor goes in depth on the various benefits of fiber rich foods and shows how the current low fiber habits are killing us.
A 2018 review of the diet of hunter-gatherer populations found that the dietary provisions of the palelothic diet had been based on questionable research, and were “difficult to reconcile with more detailed ethnographic and nutritional studies of hunter-gatherer diet”.
Researchers have proposed that cooked starches met the energy demands of an increasing brain size, based on variations in the copy number of genes encoding for amylase.[
While there is wide variability in the way the paleo diet is interpreted, the diet typically includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, and meat and typically excludes foods such as dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, alcohol or coffee.[additional citation(s) needed] The diet is based on avoiding not just processed foods, but rather the foods that humans began eating after the Neolithic Revolution when humans transitioned from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to settled agriculture. The ideas behind the diet can be traced to Walter Voegtlin, and were popularized in the best-selling books of Loren Cordain.
I completely do not care what our ancestors were eating since they were starving and surviving most of the time and we have no idea what was optimal health for them since their diets surely fluctuated from region to region and what was available. What is clear is that when we eat fiber, lots of it and cut out all processed foods including dairy we start to thrive.