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Quizzing the Anonymous - Old Dame Dob
November 24th, 2010
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Date:November 29th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
The paleo diet guys claim that non-infectious chronic diseases like this kind of tooth decay (and diabetes, etc.,) were very rare before the modern diet became common; they say that even in the Neolithic, wheat had much more protein and less carbohydrates than that of today. Don't know how valid their logic is; guess we'll find out in 20 years when they get older, whether they have lower non-infectious chronic disease rates than their cohort.

I guess the corollary is that back in the day, people would have avoided cooked onions, cabbage, etc. throughout their lives?
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Date:November 29th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Cabbages are very recent; even in the early antiquity "cabbages" were, actually, kyle. Boiling requires pottery, so it is Neolithic 3, which is 6500 BC in the Levant, where kyle and onions were domesticated. Eating boiled cabbages and onions is the relatively recent thing.

I do not know what was the original attraction of raw spices, especially condiments like radishes or mustard. It used to be said that condiments covered rancid meat, now they say it is antibacterial action. I had an idea that it could've worked as an equalizer: everyone eating onions, garlic, radishes, smells the same way. Maybe it was masking bad breath, putting the older folk back into the sex game. I am speculating here.
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