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Eric asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 decade ago

How did Cavemen incorporate calcium into their diet?

I am sure they did not drink milk back then or any dairy products.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Way back then our teeth were a little different. They were harder and crunched a lot better.

    They ate BONES - and that's how they had strong bones. They also had to use more of their muscles through their lives and bones are kept stronger through their use.

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  • 4 years ago

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    Source(s): Perfect Paleo Recipes Cookbook - http://PaleoCookbook.raiwi.com/?dDlg
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  • exsft
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    1 decade ago

    Calcium is an element (or mineral if you insist) that can be found in many foods not just milk/dairy. So the prehistoric diet, fruits, plants and scavenged meat most likely cntained calcium. Perhaps not in the healthy doses that modern science has determined we should take but enough to sustain the "cavemen" through their short lives. Remember that the life expecancy then was around 28-35 years old. Just becauase they ddi not die out, it does not mean they were comparatively healthy as humans were later on..

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  • 1 decade ago

    The cavemen lived to be about 18, despite the fact that they ate a lot of phytochemical rich plant material that contained calcium. The integration of animal proteins expanded their omnivore diet, but life was still hard.

    It was ancient man who had selective advantage over the cavemen with their development of a fishing spear. The additional fish integrated into their diet proved to be calcium-rich. Up to this point, the fish were a pretty elusive food source. What they could catch with their bare hands was often calcium-rich - like crayfish.

    But lots of calcium or not, life on the wild plains was brutal. It's hard to believe the elders in ones family being 18 or so.

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  • 4 years ago

    cavemen incorporate calcium diet

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  • 1 decade ago

    first from their mom´s milk, I guess mothers giving their milk to their babies was instinct. then they got their calcium right from the source, the ground. where do you think cows get their calcium from for their milk?? the grass!! so things like spinach and card and things that grow under or near the ground(also carrots and beets) have quite a bit of calcium, and also they ate some dirt still stuck to those veggies( cuz they didn´t know they have to wash them) with them that had a bit of calcium too.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Careful, you are in danger of exposing the dairy industry myth that we need milk for calcium.

    Cavemen get calcium from the same place vegans get it - vegetables.

    I'm a veggie who doesn't eat dairy, and i seem to do ok without cows milk

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For one thing, most early humans didn't live in caves, so calling them "cavemen" is quite misleading. The majority of them probably lived in simple lean-to like structures, which have rotted away long ago and only the cave dwellings have managed to survive for anthropologists to study. Anyway, meat actually has enough calcium in it to satisfy one's daily requirement. In fact, it has every nutrient necessary to sustain life. It's also likely that people chewed on cooked bones to get the tasty marrow out, and they would have gotten plenty of calcium that way as well.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    How do cows that produce milk get calcium? From plant foods of course. Plant foods such as quinoa, dark leafy greens, beans and legumes, etc. all provide a good source of calcium.

    There's no need for dairy for filling calcium requirements.

    To the gentleman below me...the top four countries with the highest dairy intake (USA, Canada, UK, and Finland) also have the highest incidences of osteoporosis. Go figure...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They chewed the bones and ate the cartilege and the marrow. (I'm not a caveman, but I do that with some bones, especially chicken bones.)

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