TidBit of the Day: The Caveman that Cooked

| August 29, 2011

Raw food enthusiasts have long heralded the benefits of eating only raw food, uncooked, like “they did in the caveman days.” Only, according to researchers and writers, the cavemen who cooked were the cavemen who survived.

Harvard researchers recently published evidence in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that cooking, started by an early ancestor some 1.9 million years ago, freed up huge amounts of time previously dedicated to finding, eating, and digesting food. It also led to physical evolutionary changes: bigger brains and smaller guts.

Richard Wrangham’s Catching Fire is a fantastic read about how the process of cooking and heat actually made humans the way they are today. Instead of spending the entire day foraging for the tiny, little berries that had little nutrients (raw food during the caveman days was not the raw food you find at the grocery store and farmer’s markets today), cavemen who cooked could have more time to do other stuff. Like build things. They also were able to get more protein and calories with less expenditure of energy.

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  1. TidBit of the Day: The Caveman that Cooked | CookingPlanet | August 29, 2011
  1. This is very interesting topic. Though, I like having variation cooked and non-cooked. This book sounds like an interesting read.

  2. kristy says:

    Belinda, thanks for sharing such wonderful info of this book. It sounds great.
    Hope you’re having a great week ahead, dear.