The concept of the Paleo Diet is based on various anthropological studies regarding the diet of early humans. Apparently, our bodies are better suited for the ancient diet during the Paleolithic era which happened between 2.5 million years and 10,000 years ago. The Neolithic era which ushered in agriculture, drastically changed our ancestors’ hunting-gatherer lifestyle and eating habits. Many of the diseases that plague our modern world—hypertension, diabetes, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases—can in fact be attributed to modern agriculture-based diets. There’s too much white processed starch, too much sodium, too much refined sugar and processed oil, and not enough protein. We need to place emphasis on foods that our ancient ancestors consumed and avoid those foods that didn’t exist before agriculture was invented.
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