Hunter Gatherers: Learn the truth about Hunter Gatherers and Wild Food!
The hunter gatherer lifestyle has been the main method of obtaining food for probably millions of years. Going to the supermarket is the new an untested method getting food by comparison!
However, maybe there are more similarities between our ancestors and us than we think. Professor Nicole Waguespack takes us through some of the fascinating links between a hunter gatherer diet and out own eating habits.
Maximizing gains and minimizing effort is something that holds true whether you are an hunter gatherer or a modern consumer.
If we transported a hunter gatherer to a modern supermarket they would likely go for the high fat and sugar products because of their high energy value. When you don’t know when your next meal may come from this strategy makes some sense. When these high fat and sugar food sources are available on every corner it can lead to health problems.
There is a trend to rose-tint hunter gatherer ancestors as a kind of picture of good dietary health – eating nuts and berries and perfectly in tune with their environment. Sometimes the famed ‘palaeolithic diet’ does this although the idea in that diet of cutting down on white bread and carbs is worthwhile. It more likely our ancestors just didn’t have the opportunity to indulge in high fat and sugar food the way we do.
So if we want to become modern day foragers we don’t really want to just copy our ancestors or try to hold true to some idealized notion. We want to consciously think about our diets and be selective in our foraging!