I PUT off writing this article for a long time. I’m not a hater, really I’m not. But there’s only so much deliberate misdirection I can stand before I need to say something.
Paleo, in fact almost every fad diet, is bunkum. However, like every great confidence scam, it begins with a single kernel of truth at its heart. Yes, eating less processed food is good for you. The rest is nothing more than baloney.
Lie #1: Humans were healthier during the Palaeolithic period. Not true. Most communities lived through extended periods of starvation, and the average life expectancy was 37. Also, many bone fragments show signs of atherosclerosis, a degenerative byproduct of excessive meat consumption.
Lie #2: Palaeolithic people did not eat those foods that would become agriculture. Really, then why did humans begin farming them at all? Lie #3: Humans ate vastly more meat and fats during the Palaeolithic period. Two points here. Firstly, bone fragments and shell middens will survive millennia, while evidence of seed or g grain consumption does not due to its ready biodegradability. Secondly, a study i in the Scientific America American three years ago noted th that in Palaeolithic times, w we see evidence for vastly d different diets in differen different places. Lie #4 #4: Our needs are the same in 2016 as they were 100,00 100,000 years ago. This is pure insanity. Humans, pla plants and animals ha have all evolved du during this time. Lie #5: Paleo d dieting delivers more nutrition. Three large-format a analyses of this claim h have all rejected it. Nutrition, like so m many things, is more com complicated than a sou sound bite. Just beca because we’re rich enou enough in Australia in 2016 to indulge in this kind of sillin silliness does not make us bette better people.
‘‘ Paleo, in fact almost every fad diet, is bunkum