Why Would Anyone Follow The ‘Paleo Diet’?
Yes, There’s Lots of Good In the Paleo Diet; I Still Think It’s Bunk
I don't know this author, but she makes a lot of sense.
I liked this bit from an author she referenced:
"We have what the anthropologist Leslie Aiello called “paleofantasies.” She was referring to stories about human evolution based on limited fossil evidence, but the term applies just as well to nostalgia for the very old days as a touchstone for the way life is supposed to be and why it sometimes feels so out of balance.Update, November 7: Yet another scientist, Barbara King, a biological anthropologist at the College of William and Mary, citing the concept of paleo-fantasy:
The notion that there was a time of perfect adaptation, from which we’ve now deviated, is a caricature of the way evolution works.
How much of the diet during our idyllic hunter-gatherer past was meat, and what kind of plants and animals were used, varied widely in time and space. Inuits had different diets from Australian aboriginals or Neotropical forest dwellers. ... The argument that we are “meant” to eat a certain proportion of meat, say, is highly questionable. Which of our human ancestors are we using as models?
Evolution lurches along. ... There is no one point when one can say, “Voilà! Finished."
- Marlene Zuk, Evolutionary Biologist, University of California, in The Evolutionary Search For Our Perfect Past, New York Times, 2009
The Paleo-Diet: Not The Way To A Healthy Future, NPR, October 27, 2011
"In short, there was no single hunter-gatherer foraging strategy, and genes no more "designed" our eating behavior than they designed our language or our ways of relating between the genders."