What Is the Caveman Diet?


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The caveman diet, also known as the Paleo diet, is a restrictive diet program that is supposedly based on the way humans ate before the rise of agriculture and industrial food preparation. The "paleo" part of the diet's name is a reference to the Paleolithic era, a prehistoric time when early humans hadn't yet developed tools to undertake major farming operations.

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What Is the Caveman Diet?
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People who follow this diet focus heavily on animal protein, allowing little consumption of carbohydrates other than some fruits and vegetables. Critics of the diet have focused not only on the potential negative health impacts of this style of eating but also on the false historical assumptions that drive people to attempt to replicate the lifestyles of prehistoric human ancestors.

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