What's for Dinner??
99.99% of our genes were formed before the development of agriculture. S. BOYD EATON MD. Medical anthropologist.
As a species we are essentially genetically identical with respect to genetic expression, regardless of blood type to those humans living for than 40 thousand years ago’
NORA GEDGAUDAS author.
Now think about How this knowledge can determine your food choices?? And your questions regarding your own nutrition and your families.
We are essentially modern men in cave man bodies!! And with this in mind think about our species and how current ill health and everything falls into place.
We are not feeding ourselves evolutionarily correctly.
So, popping your head out of the cave, mid summer, your food is lush. Fruit, wild berries, honey and meat. Animals are all well fed and fat, and there for the taking!!
We are physiologically, biologically and genetically hunter gathers.
This is how homo sapiens began their journey to modernity. By feeding themselves with meat and fat and grazing on sweet fruit that was in season. This food is what our bodies are designed to operate on, optimally.
By choosing to eat evolutionarily there is so much variety. One of the advantages of being in the 21st century is that we do not have to hunt our food. We can!! If we want to. However, choosing to support farmers who produce amazing food is really where our food dollars should be going.
The climate fluctuations had a massive influence on these early homo sapiens, who evolved through many ice ages. What food was around then?? Certainly not plants!! But we evolved and developed big brains and the smarts to survive under difficult conditions. I guess that's why now, the cold is essential for our bodies as an environmental stressor. Humans have evolved to benefit physically from tough conditions.
During the ice ages, there was never any fruits or vegetables to provide the hormetic challenges we needed.
What did the Caveman Eat??
An interesting study by Bryant and Williams-Dean 1975, looked at fossilized human feces which revealed a complete lack of plant material. (Interesting!!)
So diets consisting of high amounts of carbohydrates is a modern phenomenon, one that we have not had time to adapt to or create defense against. Therefore we are a species with many diseases that we have created with this radical change of food.
The fact that our bodies manufacture their own glucose for energy and brain function when needed from the other two macros, protein and fat. However most organs and tissues in the body prefer to use ketones.
All the modern diseases including cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, diabetes,and cancer, all are a result of too many carbohydrates not excess fats in the diet.
Other contributing factors are man made fats, trans fats, rancid oils (oils oxidize from the moment they are produced) and other pollutants like glyphosate in our food chain.
If you want to learn more I recommend this book.
My concern is that dietary fats have been vilified during my lifetime, and that doctors are still prescribing useless and quite dangerous drugs to lower cholesterol even though we now know that saturated fats are life-giving!!!
With the chronic consumption of carbohydrate and man made fats we have created metabolic syndrome. Together with other factors, stress, dieting, lack of exercise and a diet deficient in protein and good fats, (Weve come out of a low fat high carb paradigm). Metabolic syndrome is contributing to all our modern dis- eases. 90% of Americans have metabolic syndrome!!!
Our current health guidelines in NZ recommends 6 servings a day of carbohydrate in the form of grains. Also lean meat and low fat dairy. Therefore maintaining ill health. It seems that the health department and big pharma need each other. Again, its about following the money.
One major health concern for adults in western countries is excessive dietary fat intake. This concern applies particularly to saturated fat, which increases the risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and hypertension (NHF 1999). A high-fat intake has also been associated with colorectal cancer (Baghurst et al 1997). NZ food guidelines (current document)
The diet-heart hypothesis (that suggests that high intake of fat and cholesterol cause heart disease) has been repeatedly shown to be wrong and yet, for complicated reasons of pride, profit and prejudice , the hypothesis continues to be exploited by scientists, fundraising enterprises, food companies and every governmental agency. The public is being deceived by the greatest health scam of the century. GEORGE V MANN MD. Researcher.
If we can stick to the prehistoric food Pyramid I believe we will live long and healthy lives.
That is the majority of our food as grass fed meat, wild game, fat and some seafood. Some seasonal fruit and raw dairy.
There is so much amazing food available to us now. Remember to support your local farmers, and farmers markets. Dont buy food that has been processed or imported.