While it seems like each year brings a new fad diet, there’s one that been around since. Well, basically the beginning of time. This is the Paleo Diet, a.k.a. the Caveman diet, whose modern day application is formed around the theory that the human body hasn’t evolved enough since caveman times to be able to process some of the new foods that have been introduces
But regardless of whether you agree or disagree, recent studies have shown that foods deemed “Paleo” by the diet’s qualifications are still a bit far off from reality. Here is what cavemen actually ate, but just keep in mind what you find in the grocery store today isn’t exactly what our hominid brethren ate many moons ago.
Given that Adam and eve apparently ate dates in the Garden of Eden, it is no surprise these fruits were staple among our caveman friends. As a matter of facts, back in 2011 the Smithsonian Institute reported that a few Neanderthal skeletons were discovered with pieces of dates in their teeth and the bones were at least 40,000 years ago.
Figs are native to the Mediterranean region, partly because they require constant sunlight to grow, which is something that area definitely provides. There have been several instances where figs were discovered in dig sites, one of which entailed finding 780,000-years-old fig in Northern Israel.
We knew figs were around during the time of Jesus because they were mentioned in the Bible several times, but we have no idea how long they really have been a part of the society.
Back in the days, the caveman really have to struggle for food, mainly because they were simply working with what the earth provided, rather than several processing methods relied on today. Keep this in mind when we tell you our prehistory brethren ate cattails as a snack. You know those wild plants often found ponds and wetlands? Yep.
Ancient mythologist told us olives were created as a result of confrontation between the Greek gods Poseidon and Athena. Basically, Zeus challenged them to a duel and the champion would gain the naming rights to the city Athens. When Athena used her sorcery against the god of the sea, her powers produced an olive tree. And, as you can probably guess, Athena won the battle.
However, history tells us they were invited much earlier as the olive was staple in the OG Caveman Diet. What do you believe?
If you are ever wondering where all these spices of greens came from, like kale, spigarello and spinach, they date back to the ferns. Seems like a long way to go from this plain plant to food we eat today, but the cavemen relied on these greens for sustenance, similarly to cattails.
Scientists have realized fruits were way more popular back in the day which could be the reason why there were some slim pickins in terms of veggies.
With science, we have been able to genetically modify pretty much anything. So, when we say earlier that the items on this list were in rough interpretation of what were actually consumed, we meant it. Grapes are perfect examples of this. There have been cases where seven million-year-old grapes have been discovered in Tennessee, but those grapes were much smaller than the ones you can find at the grocery store.
7. Purple Carrots
If you could see carrots from back in the days, you probably wouldn’t touch them with ten-foot pole. Word on the street is they were pretty gnarly, and not actually orange. Scientists think the earliest instances of carrots were purple. If you have ever subscribed to a farm share, chances are you have received some purple carrots yourself, but a much tastier and more aesthetically appealing version.
Back in 2012, Slate published an article stating that apples were a favourite caveman food, mainly because they were pretty accessible. Apparently, Kazakahstan was ripe with apple trees 30,000 years ago, and we all know thy had a place in the Bible or else original sin wouldn’t be a thing (at least those who believe is the real forbidden fruits).
How prehistoric appls tasted is still a question we all have, but mostly what we have today is preferred.