Stone Age Diets Were Far From Healthy | Hakai Magazine

As much as we might like to believe that ancient foods were pure and free of the taint of industrialization, a new study paints a very different picture of the way many of our early ancestors ate. Remains of meals eaten by people living in northern Norway about 8,000 years ago show they were tainted by massive amounts of toxic heavy metals—with concentrations up to 22 times higher than the levels allowed by modern food safety standards.

“We were greatly surprised by the levels of contamination,” says Hans Peter Blankholm, an archaeologist at the Arctic University of Norway, who led the new study. The findings indicate the Stone Age ocean was awash with huge quantities of toxins, and that food taken from it was unhealthy, and perhaps unsafe, to eat.
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