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Stenålderskost: en kritisk granskning av metod, teori och tolkning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Paleodiet : a critical review of method, theory and interpretation (English)
Abstract [en]

In recent years there has been discussion of the many health benefits of the paleodiet, a diet that consist of food that we are evolutionary and genetically adapted to consume. The agricultural revolution introduced mankind to dietary changes that did not suit our biology, and is now the main reason for the nutrition-based diseases in developed countries.

The purpose of this paper is to review both the archaeological methods used to explain the paleodiet and the knowledge we have about our hunter-gatherer ancestors and to see if there is any evidence to claim that the paleodiet could be an answer to food-health related diseases. This paper will also discuss the different perspectives behind the many dietary changes in human evolution and how they reflect on man’s dietary conditions today.

The material used for this research is based on studies in anthropology, biology, genetics and epidemiology. The theory behind this paper is based on the positivism knowledge founded on properties and relations between measurable studies. Based on interpretations by reason and logic this paper is concluded through deductive reasoning.

The results show that food-related diseases and syndromes are absent from traditional hunter-gatherer societies and that they first start to manifest if a western-based diet is adopted. According to our evolutionary and biological structure, man is not adapted to consuming dairy or agricultural products and we are, in fact, genetically identical to our Paleolithic ancestors. Therefore, because we have the same dietary conditions as the paleo hunter-gatherer, we would be considerably more healthy if we adopted a Paleolithic based diet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 25
Keywords [en]
Paleolithic food, paleodiet, hunter-gatherers, evolution, adaption, health
Keywords [sv]
Paleolitisk kost, paleodiet, jägare-samlare, evolution, anpassning, hälsa
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325438OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325438DiVA, id: diva2:1114627
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Bachelor Programme in Liberal Arts
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Available from: 2017-06-26 Created: 2017-06-25 Last updated: 2017-06-26Bibliographically approved

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