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Humanity's Evolutionary Food Pyramid1
(by Loren Cordain, the author of 'The Paleo Diet')

Cordain’s Food Pyramid

The differences are obviously: Animal proteins are the most important energy source. Milk, potatoes and grains are missing.

The USDA Food Pyramid2

USDA Food Pyramid

Meat, seafood, vegetables and fruits - which used to be our only food for millions of years - are less important today. About 60 percent of our daily energy are taken by modern foods.


  1. Loren Cordain: “Plant-animal subsistence ratios and macronutrient energy estimations in worldwide hunter-gatherer diets.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000, Nr. 71 - page 682ff
  2. USDA Food Pyramid