What the Hadza Eat.

There’s plenty a buzz in the blogging world of the Paleo diet about the use of carbohydrate heavy foods, to be honest I am more interested in the paleolithic than in the Paleo diet but I do think that regardless of it’s impact on health there is a fair bit of gumpf being written about carbohydrate foods in the actual paleolithic. Context being all important I think that the dreaded carbs have been as vilified as thoroughly as fats were in the eighties. I also think that in the US carbs and carbohydrate in the diet has had far more an impact. Rather obviously carbohydrates can’t be as awful as is often made out but I really want to get at the carbohydrate intake of actual hunter gatherers. Ice age Europeans could have consumed little carbohydrate as is evidenced by Isotopes and material finds . The greater intake of starch at the end of the paleolithic resulted in a far greater incidence of dental caries while the other health impacts could well have been the result of a decrease in species consumed (plant and animal). The extreme drop in health outcomes was greater in the Eastern Med and Levant unlike Western Europe perhaps reflecting a greater reliance in animal products in the West. Or indeed a less extreme stratification of society. In the South nearer the Equators the diversity of plant foods means that carbohydrate can make a far bigger proportion of calories. Wild tubers are ,needless to say far … read more....

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