Our Paleolithic ancestors 'had stronger bones'

Our Paleolithic ancestors had better bone health than we do, according to US research presented at the conference.

The researchers claimed that even though their lifespan was much shorter, the skeletons of pre-agricultural humans showed structural robustness and muscular strength that can be compared to today's elite athletes.

They estimate that this is the result of greater physical exertion - twice the daily energy expenditure of today's humans - and of a high intake of fruit and vegetables combined with low intake of cereals and dairy products.

The researchers said a diet rich in cereals and dairy products lowers our systemic pH, leading to urinary calcium loss and increased skeletal calcium depletion.

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