July 24th, 2018 by Priya Nicholas
The discovery of tiny specks of bread dating back 14,000 years means that anyone on the paleo diet can now go back to eating the delicious staple. You can eat bread on the paleo diet! Followers of the paleo diet, also called the caveman diet, believe that our digestive systems have not changed since the stoneage and cannot adequately process ‘newer’ foods, such as bread. Therefore they only consume the foods they believe our ancient ancestors ate. Bread, potatoes and legumes, among other things, are shunned by those following the regime.
But now a combination of science and archaeology has found that our ancestors of 14,000 years ago were eating bread. And Amaia Arranz-Otaegui, lead author of the study that discovered and carbon-dated the bread remains says “Food remains have long been ignored in archaeology, and therefore have not been sufficiently studied”. This suggests that, for now, it is not possible to accurately determine what our ancestors ate as the evidence isn’t complete. She goes on to say. “I’m sure that if we look at older sites, we may find bread-like cereal products [from] 25,000 years ago.”
This is great news for all bread-lovers who want to eat like a caveman. And if archaeologists do start researching more food remains perhaps other foods can go back on the paleo menu.