distant ancestral diet information

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I'm interested in what type of genetic selection may have occurred among my very distant North Western European ancestors because of their available diet staples. For example, Scandinavians are more lactose-tolerant because they first milked livestock, Semitic peoples are the most gluten-tolerant because they first cultivated field crops, etc.

Presumably archaeology and anthropology can tell us quite a bit about this but wouldn't it be cool if there was a database available that gave a basic outline for each geographical area, for the layman? (assuming said layman has good information about his own genome and/or distant heritage). Does something like this already exist?

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on April 05, 2013
at 03:59 PM

Low carb paleo, except for brief periods of fruit eating craziness. I think cherries are a big crop there, and then there would be the more traditional berries. Short growing season, and folks no doubt learned to dry and stock stuff up far earlier than we give them credit for.

But generally, they'd be selecting for hunting down animals in the freezing cold, and/or keeping a few dairy animals alive in the freezing cold.


on April 06, 2013
at 01:25 AM

You might look into this


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