An ancient diet expert on the paleo diet

Interesting information.

TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an expert on ancient diets. So how much of the diet phad the “Paleo Diet” is based on an actual Paleolithic diet? The answer is not really any of it.

Dr. Christina Warinner has excavated around the world, from the Maya jungles of Belize to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, and she is pioneering the biomolecular investigation of archaeological dental calculus (tartar) to study long-term trends in human health and diet. She is a 2012 TED Fellow, and her work has been featured in Wired UK, the Observer, CNN.com, Der Freitag, and Sveriges TV. She obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010, specializing in ancient DNA analysis and paleodietary reconstruction.

I especially appreciated the last five minutes where she compared eating whole, natural foods (yay!) to processed junk, like soda. The calories ingested in just one soda equaled eating over eight feet of sugar cane. Just that description alone highlighted how a whole foods diet is a powerhouse when it comes to maintaining health.

It’s a great talk. Enjoy!

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