Should we eat according to our ancestry?
What should be considered the cut-off point to fine-tune food choices considering personal ancestry? 500 years ago? 10,000 years ago?
Seems to me 90% of my menu would be common with most paleos around the globe. But i wonder if i should incorporate pineapple? or mangos? wild kale? Strange seafood? All i know is that berries do nothing for me, i'd rather have no fruit then. My ancestry comes from a tropical climate however colonized only from the 1500s onward.
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on October 04, 2010
at 12:44 AM
Where did they come from before the 1500s? If still tropical, you might do better with more carbs from an ancestral point of view, maybe some coconut and fish. I would consider ancestry but not consider it gospel. Evolution never stops so I don't think you can choose a cutoff point. If anything, long stretches of similar historical environment and lifestyle might lend more weight to that type of food consumption, but there are so many variables.
Most family lineages have at least a bit of unofficial blood line in it. Not everyone who was claimed as the father really was the father. In my family, there was also an orphaned child that married in whose history is unknown. Plus there is the influence of the environment you grew up in which influences both current metabolics and current taste preferences. So while I do consider my own heritage when planning things and trying new things, I also consider my immedate family, mother and father and relatives for what works for them, and then in the end, I just have to try it and watch for the ultimate final word, which comes from my own body.