"Simple" foods vs. traditional diet (metabolism)

Discussion in 'Discussing Dietary Models' started by oxidation_is_normal, Feb 15, 2015.

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    oxidation_is_normal Member

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    Bear with me, but I'd like to quickly explore this line of questioning...

    Is it possible that we're just optimizing our body for simpler foods? By simpler, I mean more calorie dense, nutrient dense, and sugar dense foods? Would a person on a RP diet get a larger metabolic hit by then eating a more traditional diet with less sugar? Could it be evolutionarily useful to get used to eating a certain kind of food? For example, those with higher metabolisms and bodies used to more sugar die much quicker if the food were to temporarily run out?

    What direction are we evolving ourselves in by being on a Peatitarian diet?
     
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    Re: RP diet on gut bacteria

    Simple foods are best because then it means less energy is required for digestion, which means more energy for more important things (like thinking).

    The difference is most apparent between say a gorilla (or a cow) and man. Gorilla guts are very large, and comparably energy-intensive, because they eat mostly leaves and such. Consequently they have smaller brain-energy usage.
     
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    Re: RP diet on gut bacteria

    Doesn't mean a Gorilla will function better with simpler foods... Same for humans. RP foods are easier to absorb, which means fewer and smaller bowel movements. Which means less exercise of our evolutionary machinery (the gut, etc).

    Just discussing :)
     
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