The Paleo Diet: New Insights on the Real Diet
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There was little knowledge on what our ancestors had for food. But thanks to a group of researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar Ilan University, they uncovered a site in the Jordan Valley in Israel which gives us some new and interesting facts on the Paleo diet. The highlight of the research is that alongside their fish and meat, the ancient humans also indulged in a wide variety of plants.
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The researchers identified 55 edible plant species that the hominins would have eaten 750,000 years ago. These plant species included vegetables, nuts, fruits and seeds. In the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors noted that earlier knowledge on the hominins’ diet was based on animal skeletal remains found in archeological sites. However, this limited their diet to a protein-based diet. With the recent findings, all previous notions on the Paleo diet were changed.
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One of the key findings that the authors identified was that they had a varied diet and also ate in season. As such, this allowed them to stay around one place and have a constant supply of food all year.
Another finding was that they cooked their food so as to make it safe to eat as well as make it more palatable. According to the author Naama Goren-Inbar, a professor at the Institute of Archeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, they used fire, for example, to roast nuts and roots, and this allowed them to make use of various parts of the plant.
However, little knowledge is still known on whether they mostly ate meat or plants.