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Caveman or Palaeolithic Diet by Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

“Palaeolithic or the caveman diet is also called the Stone Age diet, and hunter–gatherer diet. The basic premise of this diet is inclusion and consumption of foods that have been assumed to have been available to humans before agriculture was established.

The Palaeolithic period and its food

The Palaeolithic period existed nearly 2.5 million years ago. This was the age when humans first started to use stone tools. The period ended with the advent of agriculture approximately 10,000 years ago.”

The foods that are thought to have been available during this period included wild-animal source foods and uncultivated-plant source foods. These included:-

  • lean meat
  • fish
  • eggs
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • roots and tubers
  • nuts

There was no use of agriculture produce like:-

  • grains
  • legumes and pulses
  • dairy products like milk, butter, cheese etc.
  • salt
  • sugar
  • processed oils