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What would have been most palatable in caveman days?

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Created December 14, 2011 at 2:27 AM

What main food sources would have tasted best to our caveman ancestors without things like salt and other spices? Not occasional treats like honey and fruit, but main food sources.

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on December 14, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Oh yes, dogs were definitely considered reconstituted table scraps, that's one of their important roles in society. They also came in handy when no leaves were available as toilet paper. Don't ask me to explain, I'll have to give you a "tongue in cheek" answer.

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on December 14, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Me like mammoth!

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Thanks for the answer, makes sense.

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on December 14, 2011
at 01:20 PM

More likely they occasionally just ate dog. If you read Lewis and Clarke they talk about eating dog. The natives they met would eat it. I remember one description of a puppy being casually scooped up and killed for dinner in a village. One of the two, Lewis or Clarke, liked dog, and the other couldn't eat it. Can't remember which now as it's been a long time since I read the book.

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:06 AM

+1000 for this - the vast majority of people have no idea what real food actually tastes like. I eat raw, grass-fed hamburger and I find it tasty & slightly sweet, 90% dark chocolate is almost unbearably sweet now, same with raw carrots.

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at 04:24 AM

Well I was just thinking about how palatable a birds egg would actually be without a teflon pan, salt, pepper, some onion and a bit of cheese. Or something like an animals liver without any seasonings. Wouldn't palatability of foods closest to their natural state play some role into what our main food sources might have been?

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:56 AM

Fossilized tongue prints have been found on the sites of ancient dung heaps.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:53 AM

Aravind, don't forget your dummy roots...http://paleohacks.com/questions/82943/meta-how-to-tell-if-you-are-a-paleo-dummy#axzz1gTCop600

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Who cares. Are you a caveman?

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:46 AM

The dogs were eating no-carb too. How would they be "fatted"? Sure, some extra seasonal pudginess, perhaps - perhaps - but not much.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Yep. I'm thinking grilled over a wood fire with crispy exterior--with hair/fur removed, of course. :-))

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:44 AM

I don't think there is anyway to know this.

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:28 AM

how could be know this?

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:53 AM

If you don't eat salt, sugar, spices, or butter for a while, your taste buds will ratchet down and you'll start picking up amazing, subtle, truly deilcious flavors in food you previously thought could only ever be bland. Nature knows how to get us to eat; we don't need additives to find stuff delicious! (But damn, butter sure was a good invention.)

56e59609362978a9dcb390fdeb45427f

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Thanks for the answer, makes sense.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:06 AM

+1000 for this - the vast majority of people have no idea what real food actually tastes like. I eat raw, grass-fed hamburger and I find it tasty & slightly sweet, 90% dark chocolate is almost unbearably sweet now, same with raw carrots.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:47 AM

There's only one answer that ties all loose ends together.

Meat.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:36 AM

i heard a rumor that durring the very lean and cold winters that man would fatten a dog on the tough lean kills that man could eaisly kill and then as a treat , eat the fatted dog. but how would one know this to be true?

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:46 AM

The dogs were eating no-carb too. How would they be "fatted"? Sure, some extra seasonal pudginess, perhaps - perhaps - but not much.

F3583667d653163c121640a015ffa93a

(784)

on December 14, 2011
at 01:20 PM

More likely they occasionally just ate dog. If you read Lewis and Clarke they talk about eating dog. The natives they met would eat it. I remember one description of a puppy being casually scooped up and killed for dinner in a village. One of the two, Lewis or Clarke, liked dog, and the other couldn't eat it. Can't remember which now as it's been a long time since I read the book.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on December 14, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Oh yes, dogs were definitely considered reconstituted table scraps, that's one of their important roles in society. They also came in handy when no leaves were available as toilet paper. Don't ask me to explain, I'll have to give you a "tongue in cheek" answer.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:33 AM

If fruit and honey are out, I honestly can't think of a main food source other than meat and tubers. And I like meat more than tubers.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Yep. I'm thinking grilled over a wood fire with crispy exterior--with hair/fur removed, of course. :-))

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