Evolution and Nutrition – What we are Programmed to Eat
The human specie is around for approximately 2.5 million years now. Throughout this whole time, humans have eaten mostly in the same patterns.
Agriculture has only started to develop 11,000 years ago. That’s when grains have started to be massively produced. Some of the crops were used to feed the animals, while the rest were used for personal consumption.
So, up until 11,000 years ago, we’ve especially eaten meat, berries, some plants and some fruits, which is what humans have been able to hunt and gather. Grains, which are very rich in carbohydrates have been around for only an extremely small percentage of human evolution.
Think of 11,000 years in the context of 2,5 million years. This is what it actually looks like:
I think it is pretty clear that we are better equipped to run on meat and high-fat foods rather than high-carb.
Take a look at the general medical guidelines and you’ll see that they recommend somewhere between 50 to 60% carbohydrates, while the rest should be protein and small amounts of fat, which is crazy if you ask me. Only very few people are able to process such amounts of carbohydrates. And people asks themselves why the obesity epidemic. Think again.
Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek – The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
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