The Benefits and Drawbacks of Eating Like a Caveman

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

America is a land of fad diets. From the cabbage soup diet to the hot dog diet to the grapefruit diet, there are no shortage of paperback-sanctioned ways to limit what we eat for the sake of weight loss and health.

Among the most popular diets in recent years has been the Paleolithic diet, also known as the caveman diet. Based on the premise that we’ll be healthier if we eat as our ancient ancestors did, it seems to have science on its side.

But Marlene Zuk, evolutionary biologist at the University of Minnesota, says the science of the popular diet is wrong. And that the relationship between food and human evolution is more complicated than the diet would have us believe.

Zuk is the author of the new book “Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live.”


Marlene Zuk

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [4]

Malu from Sea Cliff

OMG, how can people write an article without reading the book?!!!! It's just called Paleo, it's almost humorous, it's an analogy, not a literal description of a diet. THe Paleo diet advocates avocados, flaxseed, almonds, lots of vegetables, it has nothing to do with cavemen! Read and inform yourself, you're the frinking MEDIA you have power to educate, don't make people more ignorant!

Jun. 11 2013 05:56 PM
kristine from Brooklyn

The name paleo diet is just a name, it should really be called the grain free, sugar free, dairy free, legume free diet. But this is too long. So I call it paleo eating for sake of simplicity, or real foods diet, whether this is a misnoemer or not, who cares!
The truth is people who criticize it haven't tried it for a long enough time. I have had such a drastic positive change in my health since cutting out all sugars, grains, etc... I'm not talking about losing weight, although this has happened too, I mean feeling clear headed, no dizziness, no headaches, ability to focus, increased energy, no more hypoglycemia or thyroid issues! It's truly been an amazing turn around for me.

Jun. 11 2013 03:43 PM

I'm not entirely sure that I understand the guests view on this...

Jun. 11 2013 03:34 PM
JGDomke from Dallas/Ft Worth Texas

Timely with American lifestyle evolving, ties in to new diet/lifestyle of getting back to origins. Not over eating and avoiding processed foods.

Jun. 11 2013 03:17 PM

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