Although the books have been entering the market over the last 8-10 years, the anthropological data has been there for anyone interested. Is it just another twist on the low carbohydrate bandwagon? Current research validates that lowering carbohydrate intake may be the most effective way to lose weight…but is it the best way to lose body fat? And does the weight loss last? And what are the long-term effects? We will reveal that to you in the future.
For the moment, let’s look at the lifestyle of our ancestors. We know that agriculture has been around for about 12,000 years. So it is probably accurate to say we have only been eating grains and legumes for about the same number of years, if not less. Therefore, if modern humans have been around for roughly 2 million years, the amount of time spent consuming many of the forms of starch we eat today is rather small in comparison. Did early humans worry about their portions, count carbohydrate grams or think about whether something was “fattening or not”? No, they had more important issues to focus on.
As for current eating patterns, overly processed foods have been around for less than 100 years. Processed grains are not new and in fact were necessary in order to keep them from spoiling or “going bad.” Had we not developed agriculture perhaps we would never have developed processed or milled grains. But then again, if agriculture had never been established, life would be very different today. Perhaps we would still be hunter/gatherers. This is a topic beyond the scope of this article though. Let’s look at the positive and negative of the Cave Person Lifestyle
The staff at Total Health Concepts