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Why We Evolved

There are lots of theories about what caused human evolution. Here's a new one: cooking!

When humans invented cooking, it increased the number of calories they consumed, since heat breaks down cellulose in plants, making them more digestible and releasing the nutrients. Before the discovery of fire, we would have had to forage for 9 hours a day in order to get the same number of calories.

This could be the reason that other primates, such as gorillas, may have bodies 3 times larger than ours, but still have much smaller brains, despite the fact that they spent almost 8 hours a day foraging for food.

In the October 22nd edition of the Guardian, neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houvel writes:"Why are the largest primates not those endowed with the largest brains as well? Rather than evidence that humans are an exception among primates, we consider this disparity to be a clue that, in primate evolution, developing a very large body and a very large brain have been mutually excluding strategies, probably because of metabolic reasons.

"We may thus owe our vast cognitive abilities to the invention of cooking--which, to my knowledge, is by far the easiest and most obvious answer to the question, 'What can humans do that no other species does?'"

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thank you. this argument alone ( i should say this statement of FACT) belies the "natural foods" movement's entire basis. The idea that we were designed to est only "natural" whole foods is utter tripe. We are NOT simple primates, our brainns are by argument the most advanced calculating and metaphysical gateways ever designed. In addition to cooked food the consumption of MEAT was the other leg of our development to who we are. (I do however agree that we are massively over consuming meat today), This story reminds me of the other areas wher ethemorality police have erred. namely drink and sexuality. As for drink primates have been seen travelling miles out of the way to get utterly blitzed on the overripe fruit. and the plethera of various animals exibitinghomosexual behavior destroys the "choice" argument as well as the morality one. thanks for sharing this story and splashing reality onto the dietary mythos

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