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What would a diet appropriate to our actual evolution be like?

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VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:14:45

As opposed to that determined by our socio-economic and cultural development... And would be all be healthier eating like this?

So, I reckon

mostly nuts seeds and berries
roots? parsnips and carrots
very little complex carbs (vv occasional potatoes, grains etc?)
bit of greenery

fasting one or two days a week
meat - loads of it - every couple of weeks at most...

I would be skeletal but glowing?

cornsillk Mon 27-Jul-09 22:17:33

Do you think that early man had a diet like that then?

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:21:50

But a supposition corny, am waiting for proper people to confirm it. Just wondering if this is how we ought to eat really to stop us being bloaters...

No milk products? And wondering how long evolution will take to catch up with our current diet. Not long enough for chips and marshmallows to be a healthy diet I imagine...

StinkyFart Mon 27-Jul-09 22:28:29

I concur with your list and would add to it:

brassicas and legumes


VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:30:03

oooh stinkyfart, you sound like you know?

Spidermama Mon 27-Jul-09 22:36:12

I reckon we need blue green algae to counteract the pesticides in and general depletion of the soil.

cornsillk Mon 27-Jul-09 22:38:09

Am I not a proper person then? shock

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:38:10

oh yes, a bit of seaweed. You have reminded me we must be well-adapted to fish and shellfish in the UK/Europe?

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:39:57

That sounded like utter offensive shite cornsilk. And I apologise.

I am assuming, from your question, that you, like me are a random amateur on the question of evolution-appropriate foodstuffs?

If I am wrong I am sorry. Sorry anyway <contrite>

rasputin Mon 27-Jul-09 22:40:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:40:58

My excuse is a vomiting baby and only 3 hours sleep in 24. hopefully he is now asleep but I am WIRED and WEIRD...

StinkyFart Mon 27-Jul-09 22:44:24

Spidermama I am not sure that early man would have had access to blue/green algae grin

If domestication is taken into account then milk from goats/cattle may be included; if you go far back, before any type of 'farming' then hunting and foraging remain the only ways of obtaining sustenance.

Interesting stuff

msled Mon 27-Jul-09 22:50:51

Fish. Early settlements were always near water - obviously - so fish was a huge part of the diet.

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:51:18

So what is the timelag? How long before Pink and White wafers and Big Macs no longer kill us?

StinkyFart Mon 27-Jul-09 22:54:11

hmm I think that we will all die out before we become evolutionarily used to pink wafers and Big macs


msled Mon 27-Jul-09 22:56:20

And seafood - eg oysters, mussels etc.

StinkyFart Mon 27-Jul-09 22:56:56

yy seafood

and fowl

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 22:58:17

Hmm. Not so much local seafood round here in the, um, Midlands. Must move to Morecambe.

cornsillk Mon 27-Jul-09 23:10:49

Wilf I was only joking!

cornsillk Mon 27-Jul-09 23:12:09

Yes - I am an amateur evolution foodstuff ponderer as well. grin

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 23:27:43


cornsillk Mon 27-Jul-09 23:29:00


VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 27-Jul-09 23:40:21

Anyhow. Beer must be more evolutionarily suitable than wine?


cornsillk Mon 27-Jul-09 23:42:31

Wine is supposedly healthier isn't it so wine would be the one I'd choose. Or gin.

VulpusinaWilfsuit Tue 28-Jul-09 11:05:22

ACtually I reckon fermented fruit alcohol must have been discovered earlier than wine or beer?

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