PALEO DIET MYTHS,
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.