Why would someone think that cooking is paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 12:08 AM

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Do you think cavemen really cooked all their food?

The control of fire has been around for only about 250,000 years, not the 1,000,000 years that some guy proposed recently. (Just because a scientist has a notion does not make it so.) Cooking would be even younger. Cooking meat would probably come first. Then tubers. Anything that required a pot would be not much more than 40,000 years old. It is possible to cook in a wooden bowl by throwing HOT rocks in water in the wooden pot.

Even the 250,000 years is too short for there to be much in the way of adaptation. (I hope that a geneticist sees this and comments on it.)

But it seems that around here cooking is taken for granted. It is a fact that over-cooking will create carcinogens.

I could be convinced. Please help me out here.



on June 19, 2012
at 04:00 AM

and oh really??? TUBERS!?!?!?!? go ahead and try to find a TUBER growing in the wild, I give you a 0% chance.



on June 19, 2012
at 01:30 AM

*Wrangham, that is.



on June 19, 2012
at 01:30 AM

250,000 years is an upper limit for how long homo sapiens have been a distinct species. I think that's relevant. Also--read Wragham's "Catching Fire." I think you'll find it really interesting.


on June 19, 2012
at 12:21 AM

why would someone think 250,000 years is too short for adaptation? You realize that hominids back then looked A LOT different from us. Homo sapiens didn't even exist then. The first homo sapiens fossil is from 195,000 years ago and even that is quite distinct. Either way, this has been discussed extensively already.

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:16 AM

You'll find that very few people on here (or anywhere in the paleosphere) are really interested in reenacting the life of a caveman. Our systems are adapted to utilizing certain foods as fuel, and some "foods" have developed their own adaptations to prevent us from eating them. Even before we were cooking it, we were eating and digesting a blend of meat and vegetables. Ruminants were eating grass. Carnivores were eating meat.

I'd be extremely surprised if anyone told you that eating raw chicken or uncooked eggs is better than not. Our systems are equipped to handle the types of food we evolved eating.

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