But although life expectancy was lower, these primeval people were better built and healthier.
Life expectancy was so low because there were no antibiotics, infant mortality was very high, and many children died in the early months.
But diseases of civilization, such as diabetes, cancer or heart problems, were practically unknown.
This shows that our genetic make-up does not fit with our way of life and diet today.
Because our ancestors were much more active than us, and their energy to hunt received our ancestors from healthy food.
Thus, these bodies were much better adapted to food than to today’s diet, that of modern agriculture.
For example, meat provided energy and fats important fatty acids.
Nuts and seeds provided important oils and other important fatty acids.
Of course, there were no dairy products or cereals or other processed foods.
These did not exist until the beginning of agriculture and animal husbandry.
Here a short comparison with the fatty acids of wild animals and today’s animals: Domesticated animals contain a higher proportion of omega6 than wild animals, which contain a much higher proportion of omega3.
Too high a proportion of omega6 leads to inflammatory reactions in the human body.
Food of the Stone Age
The food of the Stone Age was varied, consisted of:
- Wild meat
Indian inhabitants from tropical regions, such as the Kitava, also consumed many tuberous plants with a high starch content, but also fatty nuts, such as coconut.
Plants and fruits were consumed raw, so that the amount of nutrients and important ingredients was much higher than today.
Cereals were almost never consumed, nor were they eaten as muesli, as they are today, or processed into bread and consumed as food.
In addition, the older cereals did not contain the high varying amount of gluten that today’s wheat does.