….evidence gets in the way of being trendy…
And yet, according to the new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, some hunter-gatherers from what is now Italy actually worked hard to eat carbs. They developed tools and multi-step heating technologies to process different grains, particularly oats and acorns.
To figure this out, the researchers, led by Marta Mariotti Lippi from the University of Florence, analyzed the residue on ancient grinding tools, discovered in the Apulia region of southern Italy. The evidence suggests that, 32,000 years ago, inhabitants of the southeastern part of Italy’s boot were drying out plants, treating them with heat to accelerate their drying, and then grinding them.
The Southern Italians weren’t alone in their carb-loving ways, Lippi told Vox. “In Central Italy they ate starch from cattail, in the Middle East, starch from wild wheat. In Russia and Moravia, they were eating starch, but we do not know which plants they processed.”
This Paleolithic diet is very different from the one imagined by today’s would-be cavemen.
More here – Vox