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Cool History Of The Paleo Diet

The history of the Paleo diet dates back to millions of years ago. During this time the cavemen or Paleolithic men ate meat, fish, fowl, roots, fruits, seeds and vegetables. They depended upon hunting and gathering for their food. Very little of the food they got was cooked. The idea of cooking food to make it edible was discovered quite recently – about 10,000 years ago.

It was as a result of man discovering that it is a good idea to cook food that items such as grain were introduced into the diet, as many of them are hard to eat raw. In addition, people started eating other food items such as wheat, potatoes, rice, corn, barley and eating flour based foods, such as bread. These foods brought us into the Neolithic age or new stone-age and the Paleolithic diet was kicked to the curb.

While cooking foods had its advantages, it also came with some disadvantages. Cooking food made it easy to transport because it reduced the raw food to small quantities, while still maintaining the calories of the food. It could also be stored for long periods compared to fresh foods which were easily perishable.

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These two benefits were a great herald to modern day civilization. While in the Paleolithic times men had to spend a lot of time looking for food, now the Neolithic man spent less time on hunting and gathering and was able to store and preserve food so that they had enough available for long periods. They then had a lot of free time to engage in activities such as agriculture and trade. While the Neolithic diet made man more self-sufficient, it never the less came with its own challenges.

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The challenges of the Neolithic diet began with the fact that it was not ideal for the human body. Our bodies are not made to process foods such as dairy, cereals and potatoes used when man started farming. Development of man’s food also brought in the use of preservatives, salt, sugar and alcohol, as well as a host of chemicals from the pesticides used in agriculture, meaning that it brought with it a lot of diseases.

The fact that man no longer spent as much time actively looking for food as in the past led to a sedentary lifestyle. This is compounded by the fact that many of the foods introduced during the Neolithic era are carbohydrates, which are known for causing spikes in blood sugar and propagating weight gain. They also have a negative effect on one’s energy levels and can negatively affect an individual’s well-being. In addition, the cooking of food has led to the food being less nutritional than it would have been in its raw state, which leads to a reduction in vitamins and minerals that are destroyed by heat when food has been cooked. All these problems caused by the Neolithic diet have caused human beings to look back to the past – to a time when lifestyle diseases were unheard of and man was lean and active. This is the source of the Paleolithic diet.

This diet in modern times is backed by the health and physical state of people in remote parts of the world where the Neolithic diet is not used and people are still hunters and gatherers. These people are lean, strong and fast. They have strong eyesight and teeth, even in old age, and do not suffer from lifestyle diseases such as arthritis, cancer, hypertension or diabetes. For these reasons, the Paleo diet is quite popular these days and has helped many individuals to become healthy and fit.

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