What Did the Caveman Really Eat?
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so sometimes I get this question should I go more vegan or should I be a carnivore and I just want to talk about that in this video I personally believe you should be right in the middle a combination of plants and animal products so there are several archaeologists who found some interesting things at a site in northern Israel that provided primary direct evidence for what humans ate seven hundred and eighty thousand years ago and they found that they ate a combination of plants and animals and of course in other parts of the world you know people ate differently they pretty much ate what they can get whether it was insects or milk from a cow or fat from seals if they lived in other environments so based on this article they found that these humans consumed a large range of plants thistle seed water lilies acorns water chestnuts olives even some fruit but the fruit back then was very different than it is now it was not nearly as sweet and it was seasonal as well but on the other hand they found that these humans also consumed elephant brains and whole animals and insects as well and the other point I want to bring out is a lot of animals can make their own vitamin C we cannot okay so we are dependent on vitamin C from food so vitamin C obviously comes from plants just indicating yes we need plants in our diet for sure the other point I want to bring up is if we look at our digestive tract we start with the stomach okay if we compare our stomach to a cow’s stomach it’s very different the pH is very very different the pH in a human stomach is between one and three designed primarily for dense protein okay whereas a cow’s stomach and they have four I have a pH of five point seven to seven point three so it’s close to being either slightly acidic or slightly basic socal stomach is just not designed to digest dense protein it was designed to ferment plant fiber okay now we also happen to have a large colon with pH around five point five five to seven which is designed to ferment plant fiber as well so you can see the combination of this stomach very acidic and the large colon and you can see it was designed to digest meat and ferment fiber at the same time and the small intestine was not designed to ferment fiber it was to help you digest fats and protein so it’s obvious if you look at the structure and function of our digestive system that we need both animal and plant type foods and then we have b12 b12 mainly comes from animal products indicating yes we need to consume animal products and we also need oh may go three fatty acids primarily DHA and also EPA which come from fish primarily now there is an omega-3 fatty acid ala that does convert to DHA but not very well so based on this data and the necessity of having DHA especially in our brain and a nervous system we were not designed to exclusively use this type of omega-3 fatty acid which usually comes from flax oil and things like walnuts things like that so in summary at the other day we want the consume foods to satisfy our nutritional requirements and that’s why a balance of both animal products and plant I think are a good combination and if you want more information check out the link down below
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What did the caveman eat? What is the paleo diet? Is it best to eat only plants or only meat? I get a lot of important questions like these from people. Let’s clear things up.
0:08 Should you eat only vegetables or only meat?
0:15 What people ate 780,000 years ago
1:13 Vitamin C
2:47 Vitamin B12
2:55 Omega 3
3:26 The summary
In this video, I’m going to talk about the paleo diet. People have asked me whether or not they should be more of a vegan or carnivore. I personally believe you should consume a diet with a combination of plants and animal products.
Several archeologists found direct evidence at a site in northern Israel of what people ate 780,000 years ago. It was a combination of plants and animals. In other places around the world, people would eat pretty much whatever they could get.
Based on this article, the archeologists found that these humans ate a large range of plants, including:
• Thistle seed
• Water lilies
• Water chestnuts
• Some fruit (Fruit was very different then, it was much less sweet and was seasonal.)
These humans also consumed:
• Elephant brains
• Whole animals
A few interesting points:
• A lot of animals can make their own vitamin C, whereas humans can’t. Humans are dependent on food to get vitamin C. Vitamin C also comes from plants.
• If you look at the structure and function of our digestive system, you can see that we need both animal and plant type foods.
• B12 mainly comes from animal products indicating that we need animal products.
• Humans also need omega 3 fatty acids, primarily DHA and EPA, which mainly come from fish.
I believe it’s best to consume foods that satisfy the body’s nutritional requirements. That’s why I think a balance of both animal products and plants is a good combination.
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