The nutritional book of mankind

Anthropology studies tell us that human beings have been on the planet for at least two million years.

It has been said that the human genome had fully developed, well before the beginning of the agricultural revolution – some 10,000 years ago.

This means that our genetic material, our DNA, is a 99.99% carbon copy to that of our ancestor beings.

Prior to the agricultural revolution, mankind evolved on a particular way of eating. If you couldn’t hunt it, fish it, pluck it or gather it, you wouldn’t eat it.

It was as simple as that.

It didn’t come out of a packet, you couldn’t refrigerate it or store it away for later consumption.

You hunted, you feasted, you fasted – rinse and repeat.

This is how it went on for Millenia, till the beginning of the agricultural revolution. Since that time, mankind’s ‘rise-to-eat window’ began to shorten, as quicker, more convenient ways of eating were discovered via the introduction of milking and milling.

In the western world today, you can just about eat any thing you want, anytime you want.

(Notice the underlining of the word thing? It’s there to identify that the refined “food” available to us nowadays is everything else but food.)

Ten thousand years into two million years is a mere 1/200th of the time. As far as evolution is concerned, that almost seems like it was yesterday!

Put differently, we have been around for 99.995% longer than the agricultural revolution has been around.

We adapted for more than two million years of evolution on the same diet. It was rich in animal fat and protein, with trivial amounts of carbohydrates that mainly came in the form of shrubbery.

Here’s where this is going:

If our human DNA code had fully developed prior to the introduction of the agricultural revolution, would 10,000 years of time be sufficient time for our bodies to adapt to these new-aged foods?

If our genes evolved completely without them, do we really need them now?

Let’s say mankind had a thick book on nutritional history, holding the truth on how we were designed to eat.¬†At a page per year, it would be over two million pages in length!

Quite a large book indeed.

If page one represented today, reading into the first chapter would take you right up to the McDonald’s food era in the 1950’s.

If you are a truth seeker on what fuel our bodies need to function, where in the book would you stop reading?

Would you call it a day after the first chapter?

Would you read up until the agricultural revolution, leaving out the remainder of the 1,990,000 or so pages?

If you sincerely wanted the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, you would want to read the entirety of the book, then come up with your own conclusions.

Steve Jobs once said that you can only connect the dots going backwards, not forwards. With that in mind, connect the dots by all means yes, just make sure to start from the very beginning, where it all started.

If it wasn’t available 100,000 years ago, you don’t need it now.