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Wrangham also offers an interesting critique of our current method of caloric analysis of foods.

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham

In his writing he discusses the actual differences in nutritional values in cooked versus raw food. He also takes into account the amount of work our bodies have to do in order to digest various macromolecules such as protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

Fat is the easiest to digest. Protein takes more work to digest if eaten with high fiber foods. Softer food makes you gain weight easier. Harder food catching fire wrangham more work and you will not catching fire wrangham weight as easily.

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He cites an interesting study in which rats were given the same amount of calories per day. At the end of the study, the rats that ate the softer pellets weighed more than the catching fire wrangham that ate the harder pellets.


The rats that ate hard pellets literally had to burn more calories in order to digest the harder food. Because the puffed pellets were catching fire wrangham, the nutrition and energy from them was incorporated and digested with ease.

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He had a few random judgments that stood out to me as unnecessary and unprofessional. This flippant and unpleasant side note should have been left out. He also made the statement that you rarely find amenorrhea in women who eat primarily cooked food.

Amenorrhea is a pathology where a women stops having her period, which is linked to osteoporosis. He says catching fire wrangham it is common among women on a predominantly raw-food diet.

I believe these statements to be completely unfounded. I have worked with a number of women with amenorrhea and they are not raw-foodists. Wrangham points catching fire wrangham that humans are highly evolved for eating cooked food and cannot maintain reproductive fitness catching fire wrangham raw food.

The New York Times called it "a rare thing: He takes us from the amaranth to the zucchini of gustatory biology. Some of his facts are eccentric: Many more are intriguing.

The BBC once persuaded a dozen people with high blood pressure to go on an Evo Diet — to eat like chimps — at Paignton zoo. Raw cucumbers did wonders for their blood pressure, but although they catching fire wrangham themselves the experimental apes all lost weight.

There catching fire wrangham lots of "raw-foodists" in Germany and although some are happy to eat uncooked meat they, too, shed pounds and their women cease to ovulate which, in evolutionary terms, is bad news.

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

The uncooked diet is, even so, a help to slimmers and those with obese dogs might persuade them to Barf — to eat biologically appropriate raw food — which is healthier than the boiled muck they are usually catching fire wrangham. Homo sapiens is the culinary primate.

Compared to apes, we are gutless; small mouths, weak jaws, modest stomachs and a catching fire wrangham intestine only half the size of that of our relatives.

Cooking means that food is in part digested before it gets into our mouths. Many tropical fruits, luscious as they appear, have less sugar than a carrot and some of the apes' favourites taste of mustard oil, while others caused his tongue to freeze as if he had been to the catching fire wrangham.