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P380 L01 Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition

Introduction to the class
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Jeanne Sept

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of P380 L01 Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition

What should we eat?
"Tell me what you eat
and I'll tell you what you are."
no shortage
of advice!
good
clean
fair
21st century lifestyle
in Paleo bodies
Discordance
"Diseases of civilization"
hypertension
diabetes
heart disease
cancer
"Now, adding some fiber
to the things you love
is easy and convenient."
~ 5 years
1963
4th year of franchise
100 million sold
50 years
500 years
Who has NOT eaten an
"industrial food"
today?

Columbian Exchange
Who knows they ate
a "columbian mix" of food
for dinner last night?

5000 years
50,000 years
Any
non-farmed "wild" foods
for dinner?
500,000 years
5,000,000 years
first stone tools
meat & marrow
food-sharing?
proto-human bipeds
ape-like diets
extinct
subsistence strategies
archaeology!
sweet tooth
carb-crazy
omnivore's dilemma:
nutritional needs
Are we what we ate?
take a snapshot of your meal tonight
upload the picture into the P380 Dropbox on Oncourse by Wednesday afternoon
Time Machine
What would be a
"natural diet"
for humans?
local, non-processed
non GMO, non additives
home-cooked
situational
uncultivated / wild, hunted vs bred
non-synthetic
fresh
obesity
Gluten ?!
high fructose corn syrup 1967
Lasagne
Pre-agriculture
origins of food sharing?
P380 Class goals:
Bio-cultural factors influencing dietary choices
Interpreting prehistoric evidence, using case studies
Class participation assignment:
fast food lifestyle in foragers' bodies
Info card:
your name & major
any previous classes on food or prehistory?
or other interests in the class?
favorite food?
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