Caveman Diet

The caveman diet is based a diet regimen that tries to emulate the diet that ancient humans probably consumed during the Stone Age. This approach to dieting has recently become a popular alternative for people who look for different ways to try to lose weight or stay in shape. At first look, the caveman diet may prove ancient to some people. But by looking at it closely, there might be some sense behind following such a diet.

The caveman diet first came out sometime in the mid-seventies as it was suggested by gastroenterologist named Walter L. Voegtlin. This type of diet has since been expounded by a number of other researchers and authors. Putting it simply, the caveman diet is based upon the nutritional concept that the ideal diet for humans is one that resembles the Old Stone Age diet that ancient humans followed. Such a diet was then based on food consumption way before Man began to plant for food.

How the diet works?

This diet mainly consists of food based on meat and fish since ancient human diet consists mainly of food gathered from hunting wild animals. Food such as dairy products, grains and legumes are usually avoided since these food sources came after the time Man learned how to plant. Processed food as well as beverages are also eliminated form the daily regimen along with cultivated plants and domesticated animal meat. What may be included in the caveman diet would be any type of food that can be gathered or hunted such as meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, mushrooms, herbs and spices.

Although the caveman diet adheres strictly to ancient eating practices, selected types of food that was not available then began to be permitted with the daily regimen. Such foods include those with low glycemic loads such as beets, carrots and turnips. Some advocates of the caveman diet allow root vegetables if they can be eaten raw or uncooked. Natural sugars such as honey and maple sugar are sometimes allowed in small amounts.

When it comes to liquids, practitioners of the said diet usually drink only water. But certain advocates of the caveman diet have opened up to consuming beverages such as tea, coffee and juices in limited amounts. Some version of the diet permit the consumption of oils which can be derived or are edible in their natural and uncooked state.

Advocates of the caveman diet believe that this nutritional approach would help people steer away from diseases that is brought about by modern civilization. But there are also critics who believed that ancient ancestors following such a diet did not suffer from diseases of modern civilization such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes etc. simply because our ancient ancestors did not live long enough to develop such illnesses that are usually associated with old age.