August 9, 2010

WHICH TELLS US ALL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VEGANS:

Food For Thought: Meat-Based Diet Made Us Smarter (Christopher Joyce, August 2, 2010, NPR)

Our earliest ancestors ate their food raw — fruit, leaves, maybe some nuts. When they ventured down onto land, they added things like underground tubers, roots and berries.

It wasn't a very high-calorie diet, so to get the energy you needed, you had to eat a lot and have a big gut to digest it all. But having a big gut has its drawbacks.

"You can't have a large brain and big guts at the same time," explains Leslie Aiello, an anthropologist and director of the Wenner-Gren Foundation in New York City, which funds research on evolution. Digestion, she says, was the energy-hog of our primate ancestor's body. The brain was the poor stepsister who got the leftovers.

Until, that is, we discovered meat.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2010 6:06 AM
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