(globetrotter @ July 05 2005,18:04) actually, ken, people haven't evolved that much in the past 10,000 years. we are remarkably like our ancestors who hunted and gathered. vegitables, that is another story...
But do we really know that for sure? Â The diets of hunter-gatherers can be hugely different than of those in agricultural societies (since most edible plants/animals aren't/can't be domesticated). Doesn't that open up a niche for humans in food-producing societies to fare better on agriculturally produced foods? There has obviously been plenty of time for it (again, think of all the disease immunity we've built up). That's another reason this 'paleolithic' diet might be bunk. You can't really eat the foods hunter/gatherers ate unless you actually hunt and gather. I guarantee no indiginous Â Australian has ever eaten a cow or a 3/4 pound ear of corn.
actually, these are very different questions. 1. we haven't really evolved in the past 10,000 years very much. we know that from archeological evidence, and from our undrestanding of evolution and DNA development. 2. do people fare better on agriculturally grown products? very possibly, there had to be a reason why people took up animal herding and farming the way that they did. I believe that that main reason was for stability and the ability to accumulate capital - hunter/gatherer economies are very bad at planning for periods of years, and at accumulating capital, but they probrably gave access to richer sources of nutritian, possibly better tasting products (in the early generations) and more overall calories per person. for 9,000 or more years of the agricultural era, the problems facing man have not been too much food, but too little. 3. although the theory that eating foods that are similar to what we evolved on is good for you makes sense, and I find it very interesting, it could very well be that agricultural foods are even better, or wheat grass, for all I know. 4. your last point is the most compelling - hunter gatherers would spend most of their day running and working hard, and then eat some lean meat, maybe a handful of grubs, and some seeds and nuts. their is a huge diffence between that and grain fed beef and some corn on the cob.