Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Did Cooking Make Us Human?

Tonight's episode of Horizon should be a good one:
  • We are the only species on earth that cooks its food - and we are also the cleverest species on the planet. The question is: do we cook because we're clever and imaginative, or are we clever and imaginative because our ancestors discovered cooking?}

    Horizon examines the evidence that our ancestors' changing diet and their mastery of fire prompted anatomical and neurological changes that resulted in taking us out of the trees and into the kitchen.

It is usually available on iPlayer.

3 comments:

Methuselah said...

1. That roasted porcupine skin fat looked gorgeous! Who says all we ate was lean meat?

2. One again Horizon get close to the motherload without reaching it. Sure, our instincts encourage us to eat fat... but they also encourage us to eat sugar, the latter being the problem, not the former. They'll get there eventually.

Asclepius said...

Aye - The "high meat and high fat" elephant in the room shows no sign of being spotted.

The consequence of a 'paleo diet' high in 'animal' would seem to be a natural avenue for further investigation given the amount of evidence from our past of meat eating. Those tribesman went to an awful lot of trouble to get that porcupine...

It was also interesting that the (raw) veggie diet trial lead to an inability to consume enough calories.

Given these extremes, why do dieticians see the nutritional gap between meat eating and vegetariansim as being grounds for "grain consumption and promoting a fear of satfat"?

Methuselah said...

...because they are gimps ;-)