Did cavemen really stick to the Paleo diet?

December 17, 2014 8:28 PM

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Did cavemen really stick to the Paleo diet?

The meat-heavy Paleo diet has fast become the trendiest way to stay trim. Paleo is a way of eating based on the supposed habits of prehistoric hunter-gatherers. But Fred Flintstone most likely didn't adhere to these rules. According to a paper published Tuesday in the Quarterly Review of Biology, cavemen ate a much more varied diet than Paleo devotees are led to believe.

For the study, the authors examined prior research on the anatomical, environmental, chemical and feeding behaviors of mammals from 6 million to 1.6 million years ago. This time period includes the beginning of the Paleolithic era, which lasted from 2.6 million to 10,000 years ago. They found that h...

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