Topic ID #24355 - posted 10/27/2012 5:51 AM

Caveman Diet Secret: Less Red Meat, More Plants



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Caveman Diet Secret: Less Red Meat, More Plants
Rather than chowing down on bison meat, Stone Age people likely ate a more balanced meal — study
By Tia Ghose and LiveScience

That image of a caveman gnawing on a hunk of bison meat may need a makeover. A new chemical analysis of modern diets suggests Stone Age humans ate less meat than  thought.

The findings, published in the November issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, may explain why many archaeologists estimate that prehistoric people got most of their calories from lean meat or fish when modern humans would be literally poisoned by such a protein-heavy diet.

"When you look at estimates of people's diets in early archaeological interpretations, it's very animal-protein heavy, and that's very hard to explain physiologically," said study author Tamsin O'Connell, a University of Cambridge researcher. "We are suggesting that animal proteins were less important overall."


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