Caveman Cookies? Paleo Hits the Snack Aisle

Are you familiar with the Paleo diet? It’s a relatively new phenomenon that embraces the presumed diet of the Paleolithic era which lasted over 2.5 million years and ended about 10,000 years ago as humanity switched from hunter-gatherer foods to agriculture. The foods consumed by people on Paleo diet are mostly grass-fed and pasture raised meats, fish, wild vegetables, wild fruit, roots, and nuts. The big non-nos are grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and any processed oils.

You may wonder if such diets are able to provide the full nutritional needs of  modern humans. Arguments on this matter abound. But there is certainly some merit to diets that call for minimal or no processed foods. On the other hand, humanity has had over 10,000 years of great experience advancing itself into an agrarian society, increasing lifespans by 300% and learning to enjoy baguettes, cheese, and fine wine. All of these were not available to the caveman.

What’s interesting to note is that once a certain type of diet becomes trendy, food companies look to innovate around it. So even though cookies are not something that comes to mind when you think of early homo sapiens, one small manufacturer has brought forth the Caveman Cookie.

From the website:

Caveman Cookies are a Paleolithic take on the traditional oatmeal-raisin cookie.  Sweet, but satisfying with a high protein content, these cookies are for cavemen in need of a quick pick-me-up… before hunting tigers.

OK – nice pitch. But what’s really inside?

What you need to know:

Caveman comes in three flavors: Original, Tropical, and Alpine. although their website does not include nutrition information, we asked them to send us the data, expecting a gobbledygook of processed ingredients. We were pleasantly surprised. Here are the ingredients for the 3 different flavors:

Original: honey, almond meal, walnuts, raisins, ginger, nutmeg & cinnamon

Tropical:  Almond meal, honey, coconut, macadamia nuts, ginger

Alpine: honey, hazelnut meal, almond meal, toasted carob

This is about as unprocessed as you can get, unless the almonds and hazelnuts would be left whole. Also, did cavemen toast carob? But in all seriousness,

Nutritionally, these are cookies. As such, they are obviously high in sugar (about 1.5 tsp per cookie) with 50 calories per cookie. We don’t think cavemen would have eaten this every single day, and you shouldn’t either.

But compared to many other cookies ou there, Caveman does offer a simple easy to understand value proposition and a reassuringly simple to understand ingredient list.

Bottom line: Give them a try.

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  • Weber

    Don’t confuse the change in diet that came with agrarian society with advancements in medicine and a reduction in hunting incidents.

    People in hunter-gatherer societies eat a much more varied diet than agrarians, they consume many more vitamins and minerals in much more balanced ratios and they often only needed to work 10 or 15 hours a week. Agrarian society just has a really good publicist that makes us feel all superior for having taken the “better, more advanced” route.

    I’m not saying the Paleo Diet is the right way to go, because I don’t believe we could match the variety of a hunter-gatherer diet at the Megamart. I just needed to make sure we didn’t confuse agrarian society with rainbows and butterflies.

    Agriculture brought war, overpopulation, disease, religious conflict, male-dominated society with women as servants and walking wombs… Agriculture was only good at making people greed and spreading like cancer. We can’t honestly compare it to anything because every time agriculture finds hunter-gatherers it kills their way of life and converts them.

  • Cartoonguy_99

    I’m a Lacto-Legume-Ova-Paleo kinda guy.

  • Jim Cooper

    Of course honey and sugar are pretty much the same thing! 

  • Monica Warstler

    Did cavemen eat honey?

  • Kimberli Holton

    I found this interesting and thanks for the post!

  • Mod Life Survivalist