Why Should We Eat Like Our Ancestors?

Eat like our ancestors

Eat like our ancestors

 

The Paleo diet is anchored on the core concept that our bodies are not properly prepared to deal with today’s modern food types. Proponents argue that our nutrition should come from a diet that closely mirrors that of our ancestors. The rational is that modern developments in processed foods have quickly outpaced our bodies’ natural ability to evolve with the changes. The Paleo diet recommends foods that are in line with what our ancestors ate, and clearly spells out the foods that we should categorically avoid.

So why exactly should we be eating like our ancestors?

Our eating habits are changing – that is a fact. Just as modern society has shown massive developments in technology and our way of living, so too have our eating habits evolved. The problem here is that our bodies are being left behind. They have not had the chance to evolve to our new ways of consumption and are poorly equipped to process these new food types. This can be directly attributed to huge increases in diseases, such as diabetes and cardiac-related illness.

A second, obvious reason for changing how we eat is the simple issue of weight. As a society, we have never been more obese. This may, in part, be attributable to a more sedentary lifestyle with more and more people working in office jobs, but there is no doubt that our eating habits have contributed massively to this problem. In the US, almost 2/3rds of the population is considered overweight. This issue is not just a problem; it is an epidemic, and one that is not being addressed. A Paleo diet would naturally counter many of these problems as it is far more difficult to put on weight eating a Paleo diet than it is one with huge amounts of processed foods.

The issue mentioned above is particularly relevant. Processed foods are almost entirely new to our systems, and our bodies really struggle to deal with them. Processed convenience foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats are particularly harmful, as countless studies have shown. Our over-reliance on these processed foods is directly attributable to societies growing health issues, not only in our susceptibility to disease but our growing weight problem.

A diet that focuses on eating healthy foods, one that attempts to mirror the diet of our ancestors, removes so many of these issues in one fell swoop. For these reasons, it is hard to make an argument against eating more like our ancestors.

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