The Real Paleo Diet Was Full of Carbs

The Real Paleo Diet Was Full of Carbs

Devotees of the “Paleo Diet” (aka “Caveman Diet”) eat meat, seafood, eggs, and “non-starchy” fresh fruits and vegetables and eshew legumes, dairy products, and grains and other carbohydrates. That’s their idea of what humans ate in the Old Stone Age, before people learned how to farm and raise animals. They claim our prehistory shows the human body is ill-adapted to digest those new-fangled Neolithic farmed foods.

But that’s not the real menu of our ancestors, which included bugs, grubs, and all the starchy carbs they could get. And even though there were Stone Age food processors, they were used to make porridge, not “paleo smoothies.”


Paleo Smoothies recipe book, supermarket checkout line.

Supermarket checkout line


“Real Paleolithic people went to great lengths to eat carbs,” Julia Belluz, Vox
“Scientists offer more proof that cavemen were not, in fact, eating a ‘paleo diet,” Deena Shanker, Quartz

“Paleo People Were Making Flour 32,000 Years Ago,” Jeremy Cherfas, NPR News

“How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-Baked,”Ferris Jabr, Scientific American

“What was the ‘Paleo diet’? There was far more than one, study suggests,” Eureka Alert



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Image (“Paleo Diet, after V. T. Hamlin”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here (Paleo Smoothies here). Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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