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What does science say about the Paleolithic diet myth?

What does science say about the Paleolithic diet myth?

  • Cecilia Baria
  • BBC News World

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The “caveman” diet is popular with some people looking to lose weight. They believe that eating like Stone Age humans will make them healthier.

This type of diet was called the Paleolithic diet. To try and break this trend, remarkable qualities have been attributed to this diet: It is said to improve skin, boost immunity, solve digestive problems and, of course, help you lose weight.

But how could the Paleolithic eat? The diet includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, foods that humans are believed to have eaten when they were hunter-gatherers.

The Paleolithic diet excludes foods that became more common when small-scale farming began 10,000 years ago: grains, legumes, and dairy products.