I have long suspected the government’s “Food Pyramid” as an attempt to dumb us down. Just little things I put together from observation- like why does the government want us to eat less meat and more vegetables? I am sure I am not the only one who was told as a child that protein- meat and fish- is brain food. Americans, with our protein rich diets are tall, America for a long time led the world in inventing things (though that I will admit is partly due to the free market capitalist system we have that rewards people for good ideas.) In the days of feudalism when peasants ate little meat folks were much shorter in stature. I have often wondered why we have canine teeth if we are supposed to be vegetarians- if I was supposed to be eating all plant material wouldn’t I have teeth like a herbivore?
So I found this today and thought I would share-
Cooking is something we all take for granted but a new theory suggests that if we had not learned to cook food, not only would we still look like chimps but, like them, we would also be compelled to spend most of the day chewing.
Without cooking, an average person would have to eat around five kilos of raw food to get enough calories to survive.
The daily mountain of fruit and vegetables would mean a six-hour chewing marathon.
It is already accepted that the introduction of meat into our ancestors’ diet caused their brains to grow and their intelligence to increase.
Meat – a more concentrated form of energy – not only meant bigger brains for our ancestors, but also an end to the need to devote nearly all their time to foraging to maintain energy levels.
As a consequence, more time was available for social structure to develop.
Now I am not saying don’t eat your fruits and veggies- I love them! (She says as she looks longingly at the asparagus bed covered with snow.) And I won’t draw comparisons between the stature and ingenuity of folks who live in countries with plant concentrated diets. Just keep in mind that humans have canine teeth for a reason!