I am a bit of a nerd. I geek out over weird things. One of my things is National Geopgraphic. When I was young, I would just look at the awesome pictures. As I got older, I started reading the blurbs in the front of the magazine. Now I read practically every issue cover to cover. This year, NGM has been doing a special series on food, getting into sustainability and how we are going to produce enough for the projected 9 billion people the planet will support by 2050. The September issue went into more about the health and history than I had read in any of the previous issues. Some bullet points I found interesting are listed below. If you want to check out the full article, go to
- Meat allowed for homo sapiens to have the incredibly functional brains we do.
- The invention of agriculture led to more births, but worse health.
- Inuits eat meat from narwhals, seals, and fish which makes up to 99% of their diets.
- Human biology did not stop evolving in the paleolithic era.
- Lactose tolerance is linked to where your ancient ancestors are from and whether they herded milk producing animals.
- “Western diets” or grocery store foods cause massive health issues when introduced as alternatives to traditional diets.
- There are multiple caveman diets, and should be characterized by their diversity and adaptability, not solely by meat.
- The most important shift in human diet evolution was not the introduction of meat, but the process of cooking. Cooked food requires less energy expenditure to digest and allows for more complete absorption of nutrients.
- Today’s biggest nutritional evil is that we are so good at food prep, we process foods to a point where we get more calories in a day than we expend, leading to the obesity epidemic and the consequences that come with it.
Hope that you enjoy this read as much as I do and that it helps inspire you to try to get back to a somewhat cleaner way of eating. Bon appétit.