Loren Cordain—author of The Paleo Diet™—doesn’t want you to know some key things any serious anthropologist knows.
He has a history of this, even beyond animal fat demonization in favor of canola oil. Remember Tiger Nuts? Yea, well, he’s very well aware that many serious anthropologists and the National Academy of Sciences believe that the carbon isotopes in fossils show lots of nutrient-dense sedge tuber consumption.  But rather than simply acknowledge the science, integrate it, and make his Paleo™ narrative less wrong, he writes a rebuttal based upon an hypothesis that had already been considered and dismissed. To make matters worse, when the science was further refined to make a lot more sense—that the true source of the isotopes was indeed Tiger Nuts, a tuber, not grazing on grass—he slinked away and still admonished readers to generally avoid starchy tubers. Doesn’t fit the narrative; cover it up.
…So he still invokes readers to eat lots of lean meat, even though he knows that modern hunter-gatherer societies—like the Hadza and !Kung—fail to get meat more than half the time, even when they hunt with modern bows and arrows. 
Now, onto the latest narrative-busting coverup. In his own book, he acknowledged that our H-G ancestors “gorged” on honey when plentiful—like during the rainy season. But, like a domineering mother afraid of her kids becoming educated about human sexuality, Cordain doesn’t trust his own readers to eat much honey. Toward that end, he claims in the very next sentence that our ancestors “couldn’t eat it day in and day out, all year long, because it simply wasn’t available.”
He’s purposefully being vague so you won’t look under the covers. …Doesn’t fit the narrative; cover it up.
So, how much of the year was this “seasonal” honey available? Serious anthropologists tend to refer to the Hadza honey hunters of Tanzania to approximate the eating habits of early man. What Cordain doesn’t want his readers to know is that honey was actually available for most of the year. It was only super scarce two months of the year (July and November), and quite plentiful 7 months of the year. 
Nor does Cordain want his readers to know that, on average, honey makes up 15% of the Hadza diet  and is by far their favorite food.  Here, check out this Hadza “lean meat and non-starchy vegetable LC paleo Diet™.””
Rather than just deal with reality, Cordain puts together an anti-honey task force. His “clean-eating,” iron-pumping sidekick, Casey Thaler, “B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS” (not a Doktor), gave honey a Two Thumbs Down, Way Down, for no other reason than honey contains mostly fructose. Thaler non-sequiturs, with a dizzy array of complex graphics, that high doses of isolated fructose are BAD, BAD, BAD, KIDS!!! and therefore honey should be avoided.
Notice a pattern? Hide the truth, ignore the evidence, and scare people using the biochemistry of large quantities of isolated HFCS. Nevermind that honey is a superfood and exhibits an anti-diabetic effect.  Nevermind that honey has been shown to prevent dental caries.  Forget that our ancestors ate more honey than previously acknowledged, AND, that refined sugar may not have displaced more nutrient-rich items from our present-day diets, but instead, the nutritionally superior food, honey. 
Ignore the fact that indigenous cultures such as the Rai, !Kung, Semang, Vedda, Magars, Shenko, Aka, Mbuti, Efe, Aché, Masai, Hadza, Aranda, Batek, Yanomami, Andamanse, Tiwi, Shavante, Aweikoma—just to name a few—all regularly hunted honey.  Pay no attention to the observations that some cultures—such as the Hadza and Mbuti people—consumed as much of 80% of their calories from honey during the rainy season.  Or, just admit that you’re first and foremost an LCer, and honey simply doesn’t mesh with the narrative. Call it “Paleo™” anyway. Cover up all shit that doesn’t consolidate.
Don’t look at the Epipaleolithic cave paintings depicting honey collection.  Clear your mind of the overwhelming historical references to sacred bees and the reverence of honey by every major religion and virtually every ancient society.  Don’t think about the fact that even Jewish law deems honey Kosher and sacred, despite the fact that it comes from an insect. And nevermind that the Oldowan and Aschulean toolkits are both believed to have been used for hunting honey.  …And certainly don’t ever tell anyone that even chimpanzees make rudimentary tools to harvest honey. 
You might have missed it buried in the epic post last week, but the most damning evidence of just how closely-knit honey hunting is to early humans comes from a wild bird, the Greater Honeyguide (I. indicator)—believed to be at least 3 million years old. 
Watch this short segment from Human Planet – Grasslands.
If you didn’t catch that: the wild, ancient Honeyguide bird has a symbiotic relationship with humans where it literally seeks out and “talks” to honey hunters and tells them where the bee hives are in “hopes” that said humans will repay it with a honeycomb. 
Richard Wrangham, a serious anthropologist, called this remarkable interaction “the most developed, co-evolved, mutually-helpful relationship between any mammal and any bird.” Here, see for yourself.
Recently published research suggests that this relationship predates humans and goes back as far as 5 million years to the Pliocene Epoch (5.333 million to 2.58 million years ago). 
…First-hand reports only attest to humans being led by honeyguides, and so humans or our hominin ancestors appear to be the most likely partners of proto-honeyguides, as the habit evolved. Our interpretation of available evidence leads us to suggest that the earliest associations of hominins and honeyguides probably occurred during the Pliocene, and then steadily increased in frequency as savanna habitats expanded, hominins began fashioning stone tools, and gained control over fire. Honeyguides are proposed to have initially associated with hominins as commensals, and to later have evolved the active guiding habit as Apis mellifera honey became a larger part of the hominin diet. The manipulation of honeyguides that we witnessed probably arose relatively late, after the guiding relationship had evolved between the bird and a less cognitively sophisticated hominin. The fact that the Hadza do not actively repay honeyguides but instead suppress their diets illustrates that cooperation can endure between people and other species under a robust range of conditions.
The honeyguide bird makes finding honey downright easy. Honeyguides increased the Hadza’s rate of finding bee nests by 560% and as well, to significantly higher yielding nests than those found without honeyguides.  One study found that use of honeyguides by the Boran people of East Africa reduces their search time for honey by approximately two-thirds. 
But it sure seems as though Cordain would just rather you didn’t know all this actual science. He’s swept it all under the rug or when called, downplays it. He thinks you can’t be trusted to follow a Honeyguide. He knows our ancestors ate important quantities of honey—enormous by our standards—but thinks you can’t handle a few spoonfuls, even daily if you like—and even if it works for you as it seems to for a lot of folks. Instead, he’d prefer we just didn’t talk about it. Makes the narrative a bit sticky.
Of course, modern supermarket honey in a plastic bear shape would be indiscernible to any H-G, as actual honey. Missing are the waxy bits, pollen, propolis, comb caps, and bee-body parts that contribute to honey’s healthfulness. Moreover, why would an H-G ever pasteurize their honey, destroying its status as a live food? Even reports that much honey is watered down with HFCS or white sugar have surfaced recently.
Don’t fear honey. But also don’t be duped by fancy marketers passing off sugar-water as honey. Look for raw, unfiltered honey from local sources…farmer’s markets are a great place to start. Try to get some that still has ‘junk’ in it.
…Look folks. When is this shit gonna stop? Is The Paleo Diet™ just an endless exercise now that conjures visions of Jack Nicholson looping endlessly on the stand in A Few Good Men? Cheeses, they don’t really even have to say, “Ok, we fucked up,” or the more gentler: “we were wrong.” I’d be perfectly satisfied with hey, we have more information, so now we’re a little less wrong, just a little closer to a better, more complete picture. And they can still perfectly validly say that because of modernity and what your eating habits were in the past, it may be better for you to watch those carbs from real-food starch or sugar.
The biggest coverup of all, is that they were ever “right” in the first place.
Source: ”Deep Duck” assisted in the data collection and compilation necessary to uncover this gate.
Update: The aim of this post really, is to tweak your sweet tooth just enough that you relent, and dig into the real stinging: The Hormesis Files: Who’s Afraid of Unrefined Sugar?