With January just around the corner we have to brace for the onslaught of fad diets in the popular press. Luckily instead we have some new and interesting science to share with you. Is there a best human diet?
A study published earlier this month looked at the diet and lifestyle of hunter gatherer tribes to try and understand effect of diet on metabolic health and other outcomes.
What did they find? Well they all have excellent metabolic health and all have very different diets. Some eat very high carb, others high protein, more more plants, some less. They all consume nutrient dense food, i.e. vegetables and a lot more fibre than the average westerner. Carbs of course come from vegetables and starchy plants (i.e. not cakes!) with a low GI.
And what does it mean? Well there’s probably no one ‘best’ diet for humans – we’ve evolved to be healthy on a wide range of macro nutrients. What does seem to be the big difference between them and the average Westerner – movement – they walk on average 5-10 miles a day.
It’s a fascinating study, find it here if you’re interested in digging deeper.