Staffan Lindeberg

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Staffan Lindeberg
Born 1950
Died 2016
Nationality Sweden
Known for

The Kitava Study (A study of the diet and health of the people living on Kitava Island, Papua New Guinea; study of a people with a traditional, non-westernized diet)

Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, showing location of Kitava Island

Staffan Lindeberg (1950 - 2016) was an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Department of Medicine, University of Lund, Sweden. He was a practicing GP at St Lars Primary Health Care Center, Lund, Sweden, a medical researcher, and a passionate proponent of evolutionary nutrition.

Scientific research and medical career[edit]

Lindeberg was a leading researcher of an evolution-based, paleolithic diet.[1][2]


Lindeberg's research was well accepted within the Paleolithic nutrition and popularized paleo diet communities. He was one of the few, though, who thought less meat and animal food products, and thus more plant food intake, was entirely consistent with evolutionary nutrition - as long as you exclude high-glycemic plant foods, grains and beans.

According to Harriet A. Hall, Lindeberg's Kitava study "provides food for thought; it doesn’t provide enough justification to recommend either a Kitavan diet or a standard 'Paleolithic diet' over other healthy diets."[3]



  • Apparent absence of cerebrocardiovascular disease in Melanesians. Risk factors and nutritional considerations – the Kitava Study (Lund, Sweden: Lund University, 1994)

Published research articles[edit]

  • Cardiovascular risk factors in a Melanesian population apparently free from stroke and ischaemic heart disease: the Kitava study (Journal of Internal Medicine. 1994 Sep;236(3):331-40.)[4]


  • Food and Western Disease: Health and nutrition from an evolutionary perspective (Wiley-Blackwell, December 2009) ISBN 978-1-4051-9771-7


  1. ^ Lindeberg, Staffan (2009). "Modern human physiology with respect to evolutionary adaptations that relate to diet in the past". In Hublin, Jean-Jacques; & Richards, Michael P. The Evolution of Hominin Diets: Integrating Approaches to the Study of Palaeolithic Subsistence. Springer. ISBN 978-1-4020-9698-3. 
  2. ^ Harding, Anne (13 March 2012). "Study: Too much red meat may shorten lifespan". CNN. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "What Can We Learn from the Kitavans?". Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Lindeberg, S; Nilsson-Ehle, P; Terént, A; Vessby, B; Scherstén, B. "Cardiovascular risk factors in a Melanesian population apparently free from stroke and ischaemic heart disease: the Kitava study". J Intern Med. 236: 331–40. PMID 8077891. ,

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