Scientists have explored the diet of cavemen who were around more than two million years ago.
Further research needs to be undertaken as to how learning about the diets of hunter-gatherers can improve present day nutrition .
2.5 million years ago to 12,000 years ago, during the Palaeolithic period, our ancestors are considered to stick to a diet of fruit, vegetables, roots, nuts and meat.
Potatoes, cereals, bread and milk did not feature at all. When “agriculture” came about, approximately 10,000 years ago, our diets changed to include the foods we consider as staple foods today.
So is our current diet better for us or what our ancestors ate?
Unilever employed researchers to find out just that.
The Palaeolithic diet consisted of multiple plants. Today we attempt to consume five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, whereas, in the age of the cavemen, their daily diet comprised 20 to 25 plant-based foods.
Nowadays, we also eat a huge quantity of fats and carbohydrates, which was not the case then.
Hence, it can be said that the caveman diet was healthier than today’s diet.