well i in some sorts consider myself an anthropologist, hehe, as i majored in the subject. ya know, i think following a traditional diet is nothing but a NO BRAINER. I myself got an epiphany while living abroad. Within 3 months of living in a developing country, in the absence of all the temptations of the standard american diet, i noticed myself shredding pounds like a mad man! Even the other dozen or so Americans I travelled with all lost weight and gained better health. It was amazing. I'm still trying to process everything though, as I'm still confused on the whole anti-gluten issue. I myself have been gluten-free for the past 6 months or so, just as a little trial, to see what happens. I can say I feel substantially better, but I'm not sure if it's due to withholding from gluten alone. At any rate, I've noticed foreigners thrive off bread, and while I didn't really examine their teeth and overall health, they appear to be slim and well fit at least...and they eat it EVERYDAY!!! I don't know if anyone can blame an expanding waistline on wheat because I know tons of foreigners who eat bread, and tons of it, and they don't suffer from the obesity issue Americans do. All in all, i think think the human diet needs a LOT more exploration. A lot of unknowns and doubts. But what is obvious is that we all thrive by eating the foods our ancestors did. We cannot possibly expect good health eating loads of sugar, trans fats, and so-called chocolate sandwich cookies with "cream" in the middle. It's just the basics of how evolution and life works. Try feeding any group of animals a diet full of processed foods that is different from what their ancestors ate, and watch them all fail. It's just a no brainer. At the end of the day our health is determined by what our ancestors ate and how they lived. You can't just interrupt the evolutionary process and expect smooth results. It doesnt work that way!
FRANKFURT- In a rare display of professional consensus, an international consortium of anthropologists, archaeologists, and molecular biologists have formally released an exasperated sigh over the popularity of the so-called “Paleo Diet” during a two-day conference dedicated to the topic.
Hoyes, a paleoethnobotanist who specializes in reconstructing prehistoric subsistence, stated that only thing unifying the myriad diets that she’s studied has been their diversity. “You simply do not see specific, trans-regional trends in human subsistence in the archaeological record. People can live off everything from whale blubber to seeds and grasses. You want to know what the ideal human diet consists of? Everything. Humans can and will eat everything, and we are remarkably successful not in spite of this fact, but because of it. Our adaptability is the hallmark of the human species. We’re not called omnivores for nothing.”
“Look, the diet itself is sound; it’s the philosophy that’s bullshit. Eat what you want. Just leave the damn cavemen out of it.”