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Why Did Our Ancestors Have Over 500% More Antioxidants than We Do?

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  • Our ancestors ate nearly four times the amount of vegetables and fruits as we do today
  • In ancient times fruits were higher in antioxidant content because they were smaller, like blueberries, with more skin, which is where the antioxidants are located
  • The modern American diet has substituted cereal grains for fruits and vegetables, lowering antioxidant intake significantly

By Dr. Mercola

I was introduced to the Paleo Diet concept over 25 years ago in 1985 when I read Dr. Boyd Eaton's seminal New England Journal of Medicine paper Paleolithic Nutrition. This was among the first to suggest that our genome evolved according to the nutrition requirements of ancient man, and modern-day dietary changes have occurred much too rapidly for adequate genetic adaptation.


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