Friday, July 2, 2010

10,000 Years Ago There Were No Grains on the Face of the Earth

During mankind's evolution, our ancestors were exposed to 2 food groups only: low-fat protein and low-density carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables). As a result, this is what we are genetically designed to eat. When grains were first introduced into the human diet 10, 000 years ago, the archaeological record clearly reflects 3 immediate and dramatic changes in grain eating societies:

1. Mankind shrank in height from lack of adequate protein
2. Diseases of "modern civilization," such as heart attacks, first appeared.
3. Obesity first became apparent.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the comparison of Egyptian mummies to the skeletons of Neo-Paleolithic man. Ancient Egyptians were shorter by about 6 inches than Neo-Paleolithic man, probably because the Egyptians' protein consumption had dropped so dramatically.

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