If you have read much in the diet arena, you will often come across references to our “ancestors.” You will read they were hunter gatherers. Therefore their diets were mostly meat. Even respected experts like David Perlmutter says things like this. “For the greater part of the past 2.6 million years, our ancestors’ diets consisted of wild game, seasonal plants and vegetables, and the occasional berries.” (Perlmutter, David (2013-09-17). Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers (pp. 64-65). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.)
Obviously this is the evolution model which Christians don’t subscribe to. There is no proof of anything the “ancestors” ate or did. It’s just all evolution mumbo jumbo. The only thing we have is the Bible and it says our ancestors were gardeners.
“29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so” (Genesis 1:29-30 NKJV).
According to the Genesis account, man was first vegetarians. And this wasn’t 26 million years ago, this was only eight thousand years ago. I think Perlmutter gives a good evidence that grains and carbs are not good for us from today’s extensive research. But when it comes to our ancestors, I have to throw out his opinions. I do believe that the food back then was entirely different from what it is today. Grains have been highly modified and processed so we have totally different varieties. Also along with that, are diets have changed so that even fruits give the average person too much sugar along with the high carb diet.
So when I read ancestors in diet books especially talking about Paleo or Paleolithic or some old evolutionary models, I simply toss out that theory as not being Biblical. The diet must stand on principles of health as we see it today. I’m not saying we have to eat as Jesus ate either. We need to see our health in light of the food we have available. It means walking by faith and grace in a world of health snares.