This Science News May Change Everything for Paleo Diehards
At it's core, the Paleo diet is about trying to eat "unprocessed," nutrient-dense foods which normally include lots of plants, meat, seafood, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Dairy can be a bit of a gray area and some say that if a caveman didn't eat it, then neither should you.
Well, for all the Paleo folks who think caveman didn't eat dairy, we have some news: Our ancestors actually ate cheese!
According to new archaeological findings, ancient humans made and consumed cheese and yogurt. After discovering and studying the bones of ancient humans — found in Durrington Walls, a settlement near Britain's Stonehenge monument — researchers realized that, instead of drinking milk, these ancient humans indulged in thicker, more indulgent forms of dairy.
This incredible discovery, and the artifacts found on site, are now on display in a new exhibit called The Stonehenge Feast at the English Heritage visitor center.
What's more, their cookware told an even larger story of gluttony. Coated in fats, waxes, and oils, ancient pots and pans on the site were used to cook decadent meals like thick slabs of fatty roasted pork. "Smaller pots, which were found at different parts of the Durrington Walls site, contained dairy products," Stonehenge researcher Oliver Craig told The Guardian.
But it wasn't just about creamy, gooey flavor for our ancestors: "The special placing of milk pots at the larger ceremonial buildings reveals that certain products had a ritual significance beyond that of nutrition alone," Professor Mike Parker Pearson, lead excavator at Durrington Walls, told the news site. "The sharing of food had religious as well as social connotations for promoting unity."
Guess we can't say much has changed since ancient civilization — a killer cheese platter can still bring together even the toughest of crowds.