The list is below. Also, humans faced broadly varied diets in our past, so I expect that humans have much flexibility in what we can eat. I should also note that I am posing these questions not as a challenge to the central tenets of the paleo diet, which I expect will largely hold. Finally, while there is already evidence on the likely answer for some of them, the questions are far from closed. Just reading through your list of hypotheses, I have these vague thougts she may have thougth and written about them. The main point of these diets is that sugars and starches screw up our insulin regulation so that we eat more. The net result is relatively fewer carbs and more protein fat. Atkins is not concerned about what kinds of fats or proteins we eat, but the other diets are. Atkins is plagiarized by everyone and cited by no one, so many of the people in the paleodiet field have never heard of him.
These ancient hunter-gatherers lived before the advent of agriculture and subsisted on lean proteins like fish, venison and poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts and roots. Though the Paleo Diet seems new, it has actually been around for several decades. The diet was popularized by Dr. Boyd Eaton, a professor of anthropology at Emory University who believed that such a diet is what the human body — both then and now — was built to eat. In his book “The Paleolithic Prescription,” Eaton and his co-authors argued that humans are ill-suited to modern diets because the large part of a human’s genetic makeup was established thousands of years ago in pre-agricultural societies. Eaton and other advocates of the Paleo diet believe that many modern diseases are a result of today’s eating habits. This diet allows the body to consume only foods it is evolved enough to digest. While this sounds good in theory, scientists have a problem with its accuracy. In fact, some scientists have gone so far as to say that early humans had a diet similar to pigs.
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain. As indeed I did your whole article. Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular? I would like to thank Drs Edward Osborne and Genevieve Yates for their constructive editorial feedback. ScienceDaily shares links with sites in the TrendMD network and earns revenue from third-party advertisers, where indicated. Konner M, Eaton S