Human Dietary Physiology - Lesson 100
Let’s say we somehow forgot what humans eat. Honestly, this is not that far from reality but let’s just suppose that we, for some reason, needed to determine; what is the proper food for humans? Let us also say that we do not know what they are currently eating so we are just starting from scratch. As a good detective you might try and look for something that is similar to humans figuring that they would also eat similarly. So you look at all of the animals living on Earth to see which is the closest to us. You might start with a Bird which eats seeds and grains. Does a Bird look like us? Not really so we are not probably grain eaters. What about a pig which eats root vegetables? Are we close to a pig? Again not really so we likely are not probably designed to eat root vegetables. How about a dog which eats other animals flesh? Do we resemble a dog? No dogs walk on four legs and have sharp protruding teeth. We certainly do not look like a dog. Do we resemble a Horse which thrives on grasses? Not at all. Horses walk on four legs and have specially designed teeth for grinding grass. We are definitely not grass eaters. So what on this planet really looks like Humans? Well the closest relative to us would be the primates. They walk mostly erect, they have similar teeth and their anatomy is almost exactly the same as ours. This would suggest that they also should have the same diet as we do. So what do the Primates eat? The main staple of their diet is fruit. They get most of their calories out of eating ripe colorful fruits straight from the tree. They also eat tender greens and leaves. Some like the Chimpanzee will occasionally eat some animal foods but it is not a large portion of their diet. So we would conclude that a large portion of the human diet should be composed of raw fruits and tender vegetables. If this is what we were meant to eat, how did we get so far off track regarding our Diet? To study further see the next lesson 101 –Straying from our diet.