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Re: What is the perfect food combination/diet for a paleolithic diet?

Date: Fri Jul 11 09:46:54 2003
Posted By: Elizabeth Kunkel, Faculty, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University
Area of science: Science History
ID: 1052929314.Sh

While pemmican (which traditionally includes dried chokecherries as well as 
beef or buffalo) is a nutrient dense food, it is not a complete nutrient 
source.  I used a computer program to conduct a nutrient analysis of your 
version of pemmican (beef, beef fat and nuts) and it contains no vitamin C, 
almost no carbohydrates, vitamin A and vitamin E and is seriously lacking 
in calcium, folate, riboflavin, vitamin D.  So, while one might be able to 
survive on this food item, one would develop nutrient deficiencies 
relatively quickly.  Adding dried cherries improved the vitamin C and 
vitamin A contents, but did not correct the other nutrient deficiencies.
This demonstrates very well the need to include a variety of foods from a 
vareity of food groups to obtain the combination of nutrients we need.

(The nutrient analysis was conducted with Genesis R & D software from 

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