Do Cordain, Wolf, Konner, and Eaton Have It All Wrong?

The Face of Iconoclasm

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the recent Scientific American article arguing that the paleo diet is vegetarian.  I’ll read it when I have time.

—Steve

5 responses to “Do Cordain, Wolf, Konner, and Eaton Have It All Wrong?

  1. Remember that excellent post by Dr. Eades on his blog about carbon tracing in the bones of our ancestors? Likewise, Micheal Pollan uses the same science to show how we are, as he calls it, ‘corn people’

    I understand that you can go back to point of a common ancestor that ate basically whatever you think was ‘good to eat.’ But the fact is, this author is using reductio ad absurdum, and by not addressing the carbon markings in the bone, along with that great book ‘Catching Fire’ I think he fails to really make a point in his favor.

    I might even go so far as guess as the author is of the semi-vegetarians will save the world club. I may be wrong, but I’ll bet that way.

    Thanks for the link Dr. Parker.

  2. The author freely admits that he eats mostly vegetarian, but I believe his point is that he prefers the “lower paleolithic” era when thinking of “paleo” eating. I, personally, like standing upright.

  3. The whole Paleo gambit doesn’t measure up with currently existing hunter gatherer societies either . The anthropology of cuisine offers a very mixed — very omnivore — report card. And that’s where “Paleo” loses its way down a rabbit hole.

    Eating low carb is one thing eating Peleo is something else.

    But we need these shibboleth driven movements to correct the mistakes that are inherent in current nutritional habits.

    We could also say that Dr Steve Parker ‘has it wrong’ because the history of the Mediterranean is a history of the growing, harvesting, trading and consumption of high carb wheat — and it is a massive contradiction to then foster a diet with a Mediterranean label without it being pride if place.

    But I don’t think that undermines the diet’s utility and value to purge it of wheat flour.

    Better to start with the science rather than with the myths . A useful resource is Jenny Ruhl’s The Truth About Low Carb Diets.

    Nonetheless, because Paleo is such a collective and very online phenomenon the sharing of experiences , the experimentation and the exploration of eating are very useful. Paleo may have its set perspectives and archetype preferences, but the verve and passion makes for a useful ride to monitor even for those who do not partake of it.

    • Yes, I agree. Jenny Ruhl is very thoughtful and sensible…Lots of bickering about diets, which will always continue…myself? A COMPLETE agnostic and non-denominational omnivore…if it works, then let’s see the proof, and then great! I like a Paleo-ethic with many of the principles, simply because they work well for me and for most, especially middle aged men, which I am…I also try not to get too stuck on words…definitions are more important, what it actually means…just some scattered thoughts…

  4. Wherever paleolithic men went, they wiped out the largest prey animals first.
    Mastodons and giant rhino in the New World; the progress of their extinctions follows the migrations of man. They hadn’t learnt to fear small upright mammals, so were easy to kill with tools such as spears.
    That doesn’t sound like the behaviour of vegetarians.
    They probably ate more veges when the easy-to-get fat and meat ran out.
    When the moa hunters killed off all the moa in New Zealand, their societies were taken over by Maori migrations who had brought in kumara – cultivable carbohydrate – to supplement the little game that remained.
    (and about then a little cannibalism began to seem like a good idea).