I’m not really one for fad diets and to be honest, it wasn’t until recently that I actually figured out what the heck the Paleo diet is all about.
As you probably already know, the Paleo diet is based around the idea of eating like a caveman and forbids eating anything that our Neanderthal ancestors wouldn’t have eaten – aka must be able to be found, killed or caught.
The diet that bans salt, dairy, processed foods and refined sugar is generally hailed as being the ‘wonder diet’ and celebrity converts include Jack Osbourne, Jessica Biel and Megan Fox.
A new study however has revealed some troubling news about the darling Paleo diet.
According to a new study conducted by University of Tübingen in Germany, the original Paleo diet of the Neanderthal is likely to have included human meat.
Yes, you heard correctly, a true Paleo diet may have incorporated cannibalism. *gulp*
The study examined ancient Neanderthal remains from an area known as the Troisième caverne of Goyet, located in modern-day Belgium, and found marks on the bones that strongly point towards evidence of cannibalism.
Our results show that the Neanderthals from the Troisième caverne of Goyet were butchered, with the hypothesis of their exploitation as food sources the most parsimonious explanation for the observed bone surface modifications,” the study says.
The findings provide “the first unambiguous evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in Northern Europe.”
This recently discovered information that demonstrates a concerning downside to the Paleo diet, joins other recent evidence that concluded that those who adhere strictly to a Paleo diet generally lack key nutrients such as thiamine, riboflavin, and calcium.
I’m not sure how you feel about all of this unusual news, but if you’re looking to strictly follow the original Paleo diet then yeah… good luck with that.