"It’s laudable that people want to improve their health, or hope to stave off lifestyle diseases like cancer, diabetes and coronary heart disease, by adopting a diet based on healthy choices.
I also think its admirable to aspire to eat in ways that might be a better ‘fit’ for our biology and evolutionary history.
As noble as this idea might be, we simply won’t get there through some fad diet, like the palaeodiet.
It’s not based on good science, as many of its celebrity supporters will openly admit, and now has more to do with making money than providing good health.
Surely we owe it to ourselves to make the connection between what science tells us causes lifestyle diseases and a science-based approach to preventing them?" So concludes Darren Curnoe, Human evolution specialist & ARC Future Fellow at UNSW Australia as he examines how much we really know about our diet prior to agriculture becoming established and grains becoming a greater part of our regular diet: