Friday, 5 December 2014

Is the Paleolithic diet 10,000, 100 or 15 years old?

They say there are no new ideas. Paleo - primal like diets have been around in one form or another for a long, long time. Listed below are some examples up until the year 2000 - after that much has been written.

Banting (1864). A letter on corpulence.
A smallish book on how to lose weight written by a grateful patient, given away and then priced at cost.
( While not pure paleo, the diet was in a paleo like direction ie consisted of natural meats, fruits, vegetables with dairy and grains excluded and small amounts of dry grape wine permitted (ie low sugar wine).
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur (1912). My Life with the Eskimo; The Macmillan Company, New York,
(He wrote several books but, this was the first)

Price, Weston (1939) Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects Paul B. Hoeber, Inc; Harper & Brothers

I'm an Australian, so I have to mention:
  1. Shatin, R (1964) Man and his cultagens. An inquiry into the ecology of chronic diseases possibly affecting 3percent of the population. Scientific Australian 1964 Vol 1: 34-39.
  2.  Shatin R (1967) The transition from food fathering to food production in evolution and disease. 12:104-107 Vitalstoffe Zivilisationkrankheitein 12: 104-107
  3.  Boyden, S (1973), "Evolution and health", The Ecologist 3(8) 1973, pp.304-309
  4.  O'Dea K (1984) Marked improvement in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in diabetic Australian aborigines after temporary reversion to traditional lifestyle. Diabetes 1984, 33(6):596-603.

Voegtlin, WL (1975) The Stone Age Diet. Based on In-depth Studies or Human Ecology and the Diet of Man. Vantage Press. 
Eaton, S; Shostak, M & Konner, M (1988). The Paleolithic Prescription: A Program of Diet & Exercise and a Design for Living. New York: Harper & Row.

Cordain, L (1999) The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat.

(The first edition of the book that named the Paleo Diet and a good spot to end this post)


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