The idea that we’re descended from a proud race of big game hunters is probably incorrect. Even 10,000 years ago the average male human was about 5’2" and probably weighed about 120 pounds, didn’t have much in the way of weapons and whose only transportation was his own two feet. The only Mammoth we ate was probably what we already found dead.
No, the ancient human diet probably more resembled a Chimp diet: lots of fruits (keeping in mind that with a few exceptions vegetables are botanical fruits), along with nuts, insects, and the some meat.
Also, the idea that “the healthiest societies throughout history ate meat and fats” can certainly be misleading. First, with the exception of the last 100 years in first world nations, the average human lifespan has been quite low. Is it coincidental that a majority of diagnosed cases of heart disease, etc occur in people who are older than the average lifespan of humans throughout most of our history? Also consider that New Zealand has the highest per capita consumption of meat in the world and yet has the highest prevalence of colon cancer. It’s an issue that’s probably more complicated than “meat and fats are good” and “meats and fat are bad”. “The healthiest societies in history” were more physically active than we are. Maybe that’s the reason they were “healthier” - not because of their diet but in spite of it?
You are mixing subjects together.
A) Yes humans were smaller, quite simple why, food was not abundant and so growth hormones were severely limited. But it has nothing to do with the type of food… lack of calories and always being on foot looking for food = caloric deficent very often.
B) The short lifespan prior to 100 years ago has NOTHING to do with what people ate… the big turn around for when people started living longer IS even to this day is knowledge of proper sanitation. This occured at the time we discovered viruses. It became clear that LOOKING clean did not mean it was clean. So people were instructed to WASH their hands before eating, wash their BODY once a day. You can eat the most organic meat in the world but if you just spent all day taking care of these animals and eat that meat without washing your hands properly expect to get sick.
C) There is plenty of scientific evidence that showed what humans ate 1000s of years ago, evidence like human feces that have been preserved in certain areas, the oldest found human feces was actually found in 2007, it is 40 000 years old. Also we have REAL world evidence… just read the book Nutritional and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price , his around the world research was done in the 1930s when you had ALLOT (even in USA) of societies that still ate (and lived) as their ancestors… long behold it was proteins and fats from animals/fish, RAW milk products as their main caloric sources with fruits and veggies finishing off but not close to being a main source of food.
Oh and the meat that is virtually always found in these feces… small game.
D) Your New Zealand analogy is misleading as well, they might eat the most meat but they still eat as much JUNK as we do. They has an effect on digestion and if you do not digest properly you are asking for trouble. 80+% of your immune system is IN your gut, that is over 2 pounds of bacteria that just want to live happy and take care of you at the same time it trully is a symbiotic relationship, you start killing them you are simply killing yourself. Those bacteria can’t digest your meat if you kill them and that meat starts to ‘‘rot’’ (lack of a better word) inside you in your colon.
FYI, I am not bashing you here just trying to shed some light because I hear it EVERYTIME from an average person who has not read up allot on the suject. I had the same questions and did (still do) tons of reading to find the answers.
Dude, you need to chill. Did I ever say that humans didn’t eat meat? I believe I said that humans ate meat, insects, fruits and nuts. Golly, that sounds an awful lot like the paleo diet.
Hell, the point I was trying to make was that there are other factors than diet when considering a culture’s physical health.
In Price’s field work on “primitive” people he attributed their lack of certain degenerative conditions to diet. But, I’ve read that on average the people Price studied walked 10 miles per day. Surely this was a contributing factor as well? And what about life expectancy.
I haven’t looked at all the people that Price examined, but one example that comes to mind are the Maasai who even today only have a life expectancy of around 45 years. Surely this as well would be a factor when examining the prevalence of diseases that usually don’t occur until later in life.