Original human diet

Staffan Lindeberg (staffan.lindeberg@dalby.lu.se)
Wed, 08 Jan 1997 00:56:44 +0100

It has been put forward e.g. by Brand Miller (Brand Miller JC, Colagiuri
S. The carnivore connection: dietary carbohydrate in the evolution of
NIDDM. Diabetologia 1994; 37: 1280-6) that human diet was low in
carbohydrate from the time of H. habilis up to sapiens leaving Africa,
allegedly because dry climates during the Ice Ages would result in
grasslands being the main edible plants instead of roots and fruits.

Please give me your opinion on this issue which is important to
evolutionary medicine in order to know wether there is evidence of an
optimal balance of macronutrients for humans.

Regards, Staffan

Staffan Lindeberg M.D. Ph.D.
Community Health Sciences, Lund University, Sweden