What on Earth is Food, Anyway? A Fresh Take on Human Diet

 Martin Higgins (@nilhumanum) 7 years, 10 months ago

Our biology is fundamentally the same as the bonobo chimpanzee, pointed out the nutritional researcher and detox expert Dao Earl in an enlightening podcast interview I recently conducted, and all of the great apes eat, predominantly – though not exclusively – fruit.

Dao contrasts the 120 million year evolution of great ape ancestry in tropical forests with the relative blip of 100,000 years of human evolution spent beyond. Backed by scientific research from disparate fields, the conclusion is clear.

I thought I knew a fair amount about diet and nutrition until I attended one of Dao’s public talks. I was quickly engrossed, the whole room united – all of us sinners – but I felt inspiration rather than shame. We don’t know any better – until now. Effectively our taste has been corrupted from a finely tuned sensory apparatus and commandeered for use in a pleasure circuit, blurring its capacity for determining the most applicable nutrients.

“Instead of using our taste to define what we are eating, we use taste to define what we’re eating,” said Dao. “It’s a subtle difference in the words, but it’s a profound difference biologically. We are now just flavouring foods to please our palate.”

Listen here: http://www.theeternities.com/index.php/79-meetings/97-what-on-earth-is-food-anyway

December 3, 2013 at 7:10 am
O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I downloaded this dvd series. It’s pretty awesome what this guy does.


JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I don’t have the attention span for 1 hour at the moment, does it explain how the fuck a Gorilla can grow to 500 lbs from eating fruit only? Isn’t sugar so terrible for us? Even if unrefined? If you ate a pineapple every day… ? I am not doubting this, I just want some quick spoon feeding please.

JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

PS did you know if you ate a raw potato you would die?

JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Raw food diet increases dental erosion

andrew (2) (@plingpong) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Hey Jon,
I used to be on a raw food diet and, going into it, I was completely oblivious of the potential harm it could cause one’s teeth. Then I heard of the horror stories of fellow raw foodists who had neglected to clean their teeth properly and wound up with dozens of cavities, or worse. This can be avoided very easily, however; the trick is to avoid dehydrated or sticky foods.
Someone else will have to write to explain why eating fruit sugar is not as terrible than the sugar one would buy in a store.
I’ve heard the argument that gorillas are jacked solely from eating fruit so why can’t humans? But I think this makes the assumption that gorillas eat only fruit when they also consume bugs and creatures of that sort.
I’m glad I have never eaten a raw potato

Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

so homo erectus didn’t eat meat? does this professor have evidence of this?

and 120 million years? so apes lived at the same time the dinosaurs did?

Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Nope. There was nothing like apes 120 million years ago.

Human biology is fundamentally the same as that of a bonobo? Well, it’s also fundamentally the same as fucking mold. Doesn’t mean we eat the same stuff.

The bonobo can effortlessly climb trees to get fruit. And they can’t sprint after a deer and chuck a rock at it.
Humans aren’t great at climbing, but our strong legs and upright posture makes us good hunters.

All archaeological findings of humans indicate that our ancestors primarily ate meat. The tools and weapons they found, used for hunting and preparing animals for eating. The animal bones found near the cooking spots, and the marks on them that show humans cut them up.
All the cave paintings and stone carvings that depict hunting.

Yknow, these days scientists can examine an excavated specimen and see what it ate, by analysing its teeth and/or droppings. All research indicates that humans ate mostly meat up until roughly 10 000 years ago.

Also, in case you didn’t know, chimps and bonobos are known to cannibalize.

Martin Higgins (13) (@nilhumanum) 7 years ago ago

Sorry for late reply. Yes, that should probably be 20 million years for great ape ancestry not 120 million.

Dao’s point about the similar biology to bonobos is in terns of the digestive tract. He doesn’t claim that apes, our ancestors or modern humans didn’t or shouldn’t eat meat. He’s aware that many / all great apes eat some meat, including cannibalised meat.

On Eli’s point about, “All archaeological findings of humans indicate that our ancestors primarily ate meat”, I think you may be overstating somewhat. I imagine that by “our ancestors” here you are referring to paleolithic hunter-gatherers? I believe that meat only made up about a quarter of their diet. Obviously, we do not have a digestive tract suitable to a carnivorous diet, but to an omnivorous one.

As regards the dexterity of the human body being differently adapted to that of the bonobo, which scores over the human in terms of tree climbing. Well, yes, but the human would still fare better in a forest dripping with fruit than in a savannah with rapid, fleeing animals.

As I understand Dao’s ideas, he is not denying the evidence of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and its meat intake. He is rather suggesting that those humans who lived the h-g lifestyle may have had to adapt from their forest hominid heritage due to climatological changes,, as in when the forests of Africa contracted, potentially leaving some humans to wander beyond.

I don’t know if he makes the point in the podcast interview, but he has otherwise to me, that fossils are far more readily found beyond forest environments, and so we have archaeological evidence of the h-g lifestyle. As I understand it, remains of our ancestors still living in the forests would have simply been recycled by the forest. So, when we look to our ancestral lineage, we may be seeing a slightly skewed picture, the h-g period potentially running simultaneously with another strand still living more in accord with our fruit-specialising hominid ancestry.

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