Paleo Tales of Caveman Cuisine

By Marco Pagliarulo, Weird Veg Science columnist for Lifelines Enthusiasts of the “Paleo” diet believe our ancestors from the Paleolithic era (“cavemen” from 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago – just before humans started farming) ate lots of meat but no grains or beans. Their logic follows that today meat is encouraged while grains and beans are a no-no. Here I present an argument that counters the “no grains, no beans” rule of Paleo dieters. Archaeological evidence shows that cavemen were in fact eating grains and beans, sometimes as staple foods – and they were even showing some culinary creativity! Join me in a walk back through time as we follow the trail of crumbs they have left behind… 19,000 to 23,000 years ago: At a site in Israel, archaeologists have found a collection of grains of wheat, barley, oats, millet, brome, and various grasses.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5] Grinding stones with grain residues were also found at the site, meaning these early humans were making flour![2, 4] Even more remarkable is that an oven hearth with grain residues was found at the site too, suggesting that dough made from the grain flour was baked![2] In light of the quantity… Read More

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