Should different races eat different types of paleo diets?

by (820) Updated January 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM Created January 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

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Should we base our diet off of where in the world our ancestors lived 20,000 years ago?

this is something i've always wondered about. for instance, should whites eat more beef and milk while blacks eat more fish and desert-like plants?

races evolved in different areas so wouldn't it make sense that they have different diets for optimal health?

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5814 · January 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM

If you have ever delved into the Weston Price* stuff, they address this topic some. In "Deep Nutrition" (maybe? sorry, my brain forgets where stuff comes from!) Shanahan talks about how people who have ancestors from Northern Europe can tolerate more grains, because they have been ingesting them for centuries, and their genes have altered somewhat to accommodate (via epigenetics). But when you look at populations who are only one generation removed from hunter-gatherers, the impact of grains can be devastating. I think Taubes also goes into this some in Good Calories, Bad Calories (specifically the Aboriginal and American Indian populations). Not that grains are good for anyone, just that some people have higher tolerance.

I would think the same idea might apply to meats as well. Personally I am 2 generations removed from being full-blooded American Indian, and I definitely function better when I eat foods that would have been available to my ancestors. I don't tolerate N European meats very well (especially heavy sausages) but my husband could live on them (blond haired blue eyed person that he is!). I am sure it's not an exact science, but it's a good place to start!

On another note, if you want to know your ethnic ancestry, you can submit DNA to ancestry.com and get a profile.

*Yeah, I know Weston Price isn't Paleo; but there is some overlap.

15380 · January 12, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Should different breeds of horses eat different grass? Do you think that European-bred horses tolerate grains better?

If they can mate, it's the same what their ancestors ate.

A reminder: all guys on this planet, like ALL OF THEM, can be traced down to one single male, a so-called anthropological Adam.

All girls can be traced down to one single female, anthropological Eve.

Too bad they never met. It would be such a romantic story! He would give her a fish, and she would find him some nuts...

I wonder if Paleo people had peanut allergies....

3227 · January 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Are you David Duke in real life?

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