Walk Talk Nutrition: Paleo Diet

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In which we discuss the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet: the real one and the 21st Century baconator version.

The TED talk we reference, featuring Christina Warinner, can be found here.  If you’re a Paleo devotée, or considering it, or just are curious about archaeological and anthropological evidence for what early humans ate, it’s really informative.

Some Paleo background:

  1. The Paleolithic era ranged from 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago
  2. Homo sapiens appeared about 200,000 years ago
  3. All humans were hunter gathers until about 10,000 years ago.
  4. Fire was used by all human species from about 500,000 years ago.

Loren Cordain promotes a version of the Paleo diet using modern foods that are as close to paleolithic foods as possible. NOTE: no bacon.

According to USDA figures, raw caribou bone marrow has almost 800 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz), and is almost 97% fat.  Sounds like a Paleo version of butter.  Since they didn’t have butter, or extracting machinery to press vegetable oils, bone marrow may have been one of the highest fat foods available.

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