People have been eating cereal for more than 100,000 years

Published on December 18th, 2009 | by Admin


Next time you eat a bowl of cereal in the morning, contemplate the facts that people have been eating cereal (grains) for more than 100,000 years.

“The consumption of wild cereals among prehistoric hunters and gatherers appears to be far more ancient than previously thought,” said study author Julio Mercader.

Indeed, scientific evidence until now showed the practice started only 12,000 years ago at the closing stages of the last Ice Age.

Mercader said in his study he found the oldest example of early man’s extensive consumption of cereal and root staples in a deep limestone cave near Lake Niassa in Mozambique.

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