I often hear arguments that since the Kitavans ate it or since those in the paleolithic did it, therefore, it should be fine. Is this a good way of thinking? Should we assume that if a healthy group or tribe did something, therefore it is also healthy for us?
In short, no.
Honey is a good example. Totally Paleo. But I'm not gonna touch it.
I don't think either Kitavans or Inuit diets are optimal - but optimal probably varies from person to person. They both demonstrate that without grains, modern oils, refined sugar and processed foods - people tend to be much healthier. But it doesn't say what gives the best health/longevity. Maybe it just demonstrates that we are pretty adaptable as a species.
I look at the science and then salt it with an evolutionary perspective, if it still holds up, then I'm okay with it (at least for now).
By the way, after I read up on the Kitavans, I bought an organic coconut. Pretty much put my blood sugar through the roof! (over 200 after only a few chunks)
I think individuality and regionality come into play so we cannot make a blanket statement. It may be that if a foodstuff was commonly eaten in paleolithic times that it would probably be less problematic for most individuals. So it becomes a starting point not an endpoint.
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