Study proposes return to stone-age diet

New research suggests we should follow in the dietary footsteps of our stone-age ancestors and eat lean meat to help combat the rising epidemic of obesity and diet-related diseases.

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) study ‘What did Adam & Eve eat?’ revealed that foods which were rarely or never eaten by our ancestors now account for 70% of our daily energy intakes. “Some experts believe that this dietary shift has happened too quickly for our bodies to adapt and our modern diets are actually powering an epidemic of obesity and diet-related diseases, such as cancer and cardiac problems,” MAP explained.

The Panel suggested that, instead of our modern diet rich in starchy carbohydrates and refined sugars, we “should follow in the footsteps of our ancestors and eat a diet that is packed full of lean meat, fruits, vegetables and nuts”.

It continued: “There is growing evidence of the many health benefits associated with the Paleo-based diet and other protein-rich eating regimes. Short-term benefits include helping to manage appetite and body weight, due to the high protein content of lean red meat and oily fish, and improving bowel regularity and comfort due to the fruit and vegetables. Energy levels will be better as blood glucose will be maintained at optimal levels. Long-term benefits include protection against heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.”

Dr Carrie Ruxton, author of the report, has developed a five-point plan highlighting the benefit of Paleo diets and suggesting how we could incorporate the key features into our own modern diets. This involves a high intake of game meat, low intake of processed carbohydrates and modern grains, use of honey and fruits as sweeteners, foraged marine foods, and a wide variety of foraged plant foods.

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