Our natural diet is a diet that our hominin ancestors were eating, not anatomically modern humans in the Stone age. As a consequence of the diet shift that is driven by the use of technology from starch-based to a mostly animal product-dominated Western type of diet, we will have to deal with an increase in disease risk due to maladaptation. It is not a bad genetic that gives us disease and that is a big open secret. Refined calories and animal products are not congruent with our biology.
Marketed as a wonder of olive oil that had nothing to do with oil of any sort whatsoever except in the measure that it can replace even worse choices like a regular saturated fat like butter and lard. When we talk about the Mediterranean diet in the scientific field, what is implied is the diet on the island of Crete in the post World War 2 era. Also, what comes next is a big question: Why was heart disease rare in the Mediterranean? Meaning on the island of Crete after WW2.
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Heat destroys a large number of nutrients such as phytochemicals, vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. On another hand, some of the food items like raw beans or mushrooms can be lethal but are very health-promoting when cooked. The base belief in the raw food community is that humans should live in a balance with nature. They believe that eating raw food diet is the most natural and health-promoting way to live. What does evolutionary biology tell us?
The higher the overall inflammation the greater the damage done to the DNA. The greater the damage to DNA the shorter the life and the greater the chance of disease. Almost all of the chronic diseases are associated with chronic inflammation from cancer, to autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, basically most of the diseases ever tested.
Our body has evolved to receive a burst of protective antioxidants anytime we eat but there are not present in animal foods.
Seventh-day Adventists have a measurable lower risk than other Americans for most of the Western diseases. For last 100 years the Seventh-day Adventist Church had been promoting health behaviors that have become the regular part of daily living. These include not smoking, eating a plant-based diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy body weight. Over the past 40 years, two Adventist health studies have been conducted involving 22,940 and 34,000 Californian Adventists.
If we disregard the real genetic causes that cause no more than 5% of deaths, the real reason for most of our chronic diseases and the high mortality rate is an evolutionary incongruent diet (high amount of animal product in diet) and lifestyle. In most cases, disease is a choice.
Stereotypical representation of Neanderthals pictures them as killing the woolly mammoth.
However, Neanderthal teeth tell a different story.
The significant discovery came when scientists analyzed the remains of Neanderthals from El Sidrón, Spain. The Neanderthals from El Sidrón showed zero signs of meat consumption. Not some small amount but complete round zero.
Our physiology evolved from small plant-eating mammals for a time span of 60 million years, and we had been using a hunting strategy for 200,000 years. There is a belief that besides foraging, hunting is also a natural human activity and that our natural diet is congruent with both hunting and foraging. We must understand the difference between these two. These are two completely different diets.
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There are programs of dieting that are designed to help reduce inflammation and overall body toxicity that are backed by science. They are all based on a natural whole food plant-based diet with a low level of environmental toxin exposure.
As the level of fat in the bloodstream rises the ability of the body to clear sugar drops. The problem is that we are not designed to cope well with sizable saturated fat intake at a single sitting like carnivorous animals. They can eat to the extreme and we cannot.
There is no heart disease or cancer or diabetes in undeveloped rural communities in the world with starch-based vegan diets. In Guizhou county, there was no single recorded coronary artery disease death from 246,000 men over a period of 3 years. There is nothing natural about heart disease. Number one terrorist killer in the west.
We are maladapted to our habitat. We have evolutionary evolved and conditioned processes that force us to act in an evolutionary protective manner such as overeating on food. For all life on the planet Earth, food is not a choice. The hardest thing for an animal in the wilderness is to gain weight. The hardest thing for us is to lose it.
Nutritional science had explained all of the corelations regarding diseases of affluence and animal food consumption decades ago. In 1977 the push for a change of Dietary Guidelines (McGovern Report) to more plant-based vegan one had been introduced to U.S. Congress.
One of the first scientific studies on what hunger does to the mind was observed in a study remembered as the Minnesota Starvation Experiment performed by the University of Minnesota back in 1944.
There is a fundamental difference between the way the digestive tract works in plant-eating and meat-eating species. The composition of the microbiome depends on the food we eat. One type ferment fiber another type putrefies the meat, and not all of them are probiotic.
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Even dead non-probiotic bacteria do count as toxins. One of the leading causes of hundreds of studies that display enlarged inflammation from animal foods, but not from most plant foods is a consequence of a toxic load of dead bacteria endotoxins in animal products.
There is no absolute correlation between meat-eating and intelligence. The manner of combining some amount of foraged meat to the predominantly vegan diet did not become a pivotal force in the emergence of modern humans.