by Alejandra "Alex" Ruani — Get free science updates here.
It’s 1.8 million years ago.
You’re hanging out on the savannah with your tribe, huddled round a fire for warmth and security and munching on raw meat from a buffalo you killed earlier.
Everyone is exhausted from the hunt.
Someone accidentally drops the buffalo carcass into the flames. Chaos and anger ensues over the wasted meat.
But hunger demands that it’s eaten anyway, and to everyone’s shock… it’s delicious!
And so cooking was born…
Cooking food is now such a central part of our day to day lives, but there was a time when we ate everything raw!
Today, raw foodism is a popular diet, with raw foodies believing it to be a more healthful and nutritious approach.
The question is… can we survive solely on raw food?
Grab “Can We Survive On Raw Food Alone?” below:
Conveniently download this 41-page science report. Contains links to extra reading materials and scientific references.
Topics covered in this report:
- Ready for your (pre-) history lesson?
- A culture of cooking
- Brains over brawn
- “Standing man” = bigger brain
- Human evolutionary tree
- How did our brains get bigger?
- Turn up the heat!
- Your brain is expensive
- The feeding challenge
- Bigger brain = bigger costs
- Cost-benefit ratio of bigger brains
- Bigger brained benefits
- Energy saved
- Snakes prefer it cooked too!
- Energy gained
- Improved digestibility
- Back to the future
- Big brain, smaller gut
- Impact of diet on gut size
- Large is small and small is large…
- Is cooking a biological necessity?
- Cooking as a biological trait
- Gut size matters…
- Raw or cooked?
- Nutritional risks of raw foodism
- Culinary chimpanzees
- No more raw?
- The raw food movement
- Your key takeaways
- Learn more
- References and resources
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