The profound dietary changes experienced by humans over the past 10,000 years - and greatly accelerated over the past 100 years - conflict with the nutritional input that our genetic structure evolved to maximise.
Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, as human beings we have a common bond. All of our ancestors, who were hunter-gatherers, followed a paleolithic diet.
Humans, and our ancestors, have been around for about 2.5 million years (150,000 generations), but it’s only in the last 10,000 years (600 generations) that we started farming the land, consuming cultivated crops and keeping herds of animals.
Up until then, our diet was based on food that was caught or foraged and was made up of meat, seafood, vegetables, roots, fruit and nuts. No refined sugar, no processed oils, no chemical enhancements or additives, little dairy and way less, if any of the grain-based carbohydrates that form the building block of most modern meals.
It is estimated that if current patterns of consumption continue up to 40% of people born in 2010 in the UK will develop diabetes at some point in their lives. The current percentage of people with a Body Mass Index greater than 30 in the UK, which represents clinical obesity, is 23% - the highest in Europe. Might there be a connection with diet?
Up until now this simple yet radical nutritional concept has been largely researched and promoted by academics, and a few determined individuals in the US. Seriously Stoneage is an attempt to make all of the information accessible to a UK general audience, so that you can decide whether it is for you.