Friday, June 16, 2017

Diet for the Urban Troglodyte - 05. Fruits, Berries

Fruits and berries have been food for humanoids and the caveman as well. We thrived on fruits and berries earlier than on veggies, though I could imagine our ancestor eating leafy vegetables and roots.
Paleolithic fruits like apples and pears, plums, figs will have been much like today in my imagination, but “often smaller and tarter than modern varieties” [1]. I guess these fruits looked more like the wild varieties you find out of areas of settlement and agro- or horticulture.

What are berries? I think botanists must be bananas, calling bananas berries. Berries had always played a huge role in cavemen’s diet. [2] Raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, gooseberries, and elderberries are good sources for phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Too much sugar can’t be part of the diet for the urban troglodyte. But as our caveman ancestors had berries and other fruits, we can have some, too. The caveman needed carbohydrates for storage reasons, during summer he had to accumulate fat to be better equipped to survive winter. Modern trogs don’t need to store fats under their skin. So we shouldn’t eat too much fruits and berries.

Some fruit and some berries are fine for der urban troglodyte.



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