A quick internet search for a definition of the paleo diet can be misleading, as most page one search results interpret the paleo diet to consist of about 55% lean meat (about 2 pounds of meat daily for the average person), 15% non-starchy vegetables, 15% fruit, and 15% nuts and seeds. Unfortunately, having a search engine optimized website is not synonymous with being an expert in human nutrition or anthropology. Most scientists agree that our paleo ancestors actually obtained most of their calories from roots, bulbs, and tubers (prehistoric versions of carrots, onions, and potatoes). It was our ability to cook and digest starch that increased the size of our brains and made us human.
“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29
“Archaeological data, generally, indicates that prehistoric Aegean diet was primarily based on cereals, legumes, and in a lesser extent, on milk products and meat (Bintliff 2012; Halstead 1981,1987a).”
In Plant-Powered Paleo: The New High Carb Lifestyle For Omnivores, Dr. Jamie Koonce uses archaeological and clinical research to explain how a diet rich in plant-based carbohydrates can prevent and reverse chronic health conditions, help you effortlessly shed excess weight, and give your skin a healthy glow. Learn why you shouldn’t fear carbohydrates (even the much maligned potato), and which sources of carbohydrates are the most nutrient-dense, paleo-friendly, and economical. Meal plan and recipes included.