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QT H E T H EORY B E H I N D T H E PA L EO DI E T be­comes clear if you think, for a minute, about the gi­raffe.

Gi­raffes, with their ma­jes­ti­cally long necks, evolved to thrive in a par­tic­u­lar en­vi­ron­ment. In their nat­u­ral habi­tat, the tasti­est food you can imag­ine—as­sum­ing you are a gi­raffe—are the nour­ish­ing leaves that grow on the up­per branches of

— JACK T., DAL­LAS a food en­vi­ron­ment that ex­isted for most of the 2.6 mil­lion years the hu­man genus has been around. Food you could hunt, fish, gather or pluck. Nu­tri­tion­ist Pa­trick Quil­lan once la­beled this diet the “fac­tory spec­i­fied fuel” for hu­mans. It’s been the diet of homo sapi­ens for at least 100,000 years. blip on the time clock of hu­man de­vel­op­ment). Pa­leo folks feel—not with­out some jus­ti­fi­ca­tion—that our ge­net­ics sim­ply have not had time to catch up with th­ese new­fan­gled foods.

Not only are we eat­ing foods that we have not evolved to eat, we’re get­ting the majority of our calo­ries from them. They’re not just oc­ca­sional treats—they are our pre­dom­i­nant source of calo­ries.

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