Chapter 3. Ancestral Human Diets

  1. Staffan Lindeberg MD, PhD Associate Professor

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317176.ch3

Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective

Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective

How to Cite

Lindeberg, S. (2009) Ancestral Human Diets, in Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317176.ch3

Author Information

  1. Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University, Sankt Lars Primary Health Care Centre, 22185 Lund, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405197717

Online ISBN: 9781444317176

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Keywords:

  • ancestral human diets;
  • food patterns of prehistoric hunter-gathers and methodological problems;
  • food and Western disease;
  • nutritional deficiency in today's food and folic acid lack;
  • Palaeolithic food - mineral rich, potassium and magnesium;
  • salt consumption - low during human evolution;
  • Vitamin B12, indispensable nutrient - absent in plant foods;
  • hormone-like substances and antioxidants and alleged beneficial effects;
  • dietary proteins - providing amino acids for endogenous protein synthesis;
  • Omega-6/omega-3 ratios in selected oils

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Available food

  • Nutritional composition