Richard Wrangham has an interesting theory, however he is favouring the size of our skulls (equated with brain size) over the quality of our health.
The traditional Hunza people ate 60% of their diet as vegetables and fruits, most of which was raw and avoided degenerative disease.
Conversely, our modern culture is based on cooked food and the most common
cause of death is degenerative disease. Our nursing homes are full, hospitals
overflowing, mental disease is growing - yet none of these events was linked to
eating cooked food by him, only the size of our cranial cavity.
In the natural world, animals eating 100% raw are far healthier than modern man. Indeed we are the sickest of all species.
Raw food contains enzymes needed for digestion, along with heat-sensitive and health-giving vitamins but all of these are destroyed by
cooking. The enzymes in raw food
break down the food in the upper stomach for 30 minutes then the food enters
the lower stomach where the enzymes are destroyed.
Raw foods also contain bacteria and other micro-organisms that affect the immune system and digestion by populating the digestive tract
with beneficial gut flora.
Bacteria assist in digestion yet Prof. Wrangham says the bacteria are
taking our energy from us.
Prof. Wrangham seems to be suggesting that a raw-food diet means we have to eat chimp food - fibrous, dry and bulky - but we don’t. There
is a plethora of wonderfully nutritious food that does not require chewing for
6 hours a day.
Experiment for yourself and see what works. I am 100% raw and feel much better than when I was eating cooked food. Elimination,
complexion, immunity, energy, emotional balance all improved. Many studies have
been done on the effect of raw food on diabetes 1 and 2, fibromyalgia,
rheumatoid arthritis and so on. As a race we would be a lot healthier on a raw
especially vegan diet. Bone loss is more likely on a diet high of acid-forming
As for human’s evolution, I question that we are evolving at all. As for being the brainiest species, I question that too. We are the only
species wrecking the planet single-handedly by causing the 6th Mass
Extinction of all Species. It’s time to drop the anthropocentric philosophy
that puts man at the top of the food chain. It’s time for a shift to a
biocentric philosophy if life on Earth is to survive. The most sustainable and
compassionate diet is a plant-based diet and a raw-food diet gives the most
energy. So far all the people I have met on a raw vegan diet are vibrant,
energetic, healthy and spiritually awakened.
Prof. Wrangham says cooking is a social activity. I disagree, eating is a social activity as usually only a few people do all the
cooking. At the rate of eating processed and cooked food the next most social
activity will be gathering at funerals and around hospital bedsides of our
dying relatives and friends.
Menkit Prince, this is such a wonderfully written. Thanks you!!!