Today I wanted to take a look at the difference between our modern diet and the way we ate as hunter-gatherers. Our modern diet looks nothing like what our ancestors ate. Americans consume way more sugar, salt, unnatural flavors, and chemicals. In fact, even if you handed your great-great grandmother a brightly packaged box of Oreos, she probably wouldn’t even know what to make of it, let alone it eat it.
Below is some information on how our diet has changed. Most of us need to curb our sugar and salt intake and the consumption of processed foods. To do this, add in lots of whole foods (like vegetables and fruits), which will crowd out the quantity of foods we shouldn’t be eating.
Hunter-Gatherer Diet: Contemporary Diet:
>100 species veggies & fruit < 10 species veggies & fruit
>100 grams of fiber daily < 20 grams of fiber daily
>Roots, legumes, berries Sugars, sweeteners, grains
Protein and Fat:
Game meats –deer, bison Feedlot cattle & poultry
High Protein/high cholesterol Half the % of protein/high cholesterol
More omega-3 fatty acids More omega-6 fatty acids
Vitamins and Minerals:
Much less sodium Much more sodium
Much more potassium Much less potassium
1.5-5 x levels of vitamins Lost in processing & storage
2002 Fred Peshkow MD, FACC