DailyDirt: Eating The Right Stuff

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” as advice to avoid junk foods (even ethically-shady foods). It does make some intuitive sense that the foods we consume have a significant impact on our health, but it’s often difficult to separate the fact from fiction for what constitutes heathy eating. There are raw food trends and diet fads to avoid just about any conceivable food category. Here are just a few interesting links on the topic of the things we eat having some rational health benefit.

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Re: Cooked Food vs Bigger Brains-- and Making Traps

I’ve always been impressed by Clifford Jolly’s T-Hypothesis. There’s a kind of monkey called a Gellada (Thereopithicus), which lives in Ethiopia. To anyone but a purist, it’s a kind of baboon. At any rate, it makes its living by walking, hunkered down like a cotton-picker, through stands of wild grain, using both hands to pick with. The seed-heads aren’t very big, so to get a decent meal, you have to pick a lot of them, which means using both hands efficiently. The Jolly-T hypothesis argues that early man did much the same thing. It’s an act well within the scope of normal ape-like behavior, and it explains how early man started walking upright. About twenty-five years ago, during my second year of Anthropology graduate school, I did a further development on this in a weekly seminar paper, which I never published (), arguing that early man was a creature which built traps to catch things like frogs, and similar tools, and became intelligent by inventing new and better traps. It was a rather singular paper in that one of the sources I referenced was a revision of a military survival manual, intended for men who crashed airplanes, or were shot down, in remote places during the Second World War. The manual’s advice is to survive in the jungle by becoming an efficient ant-eater or termite-eater, or something like that.

() There weren’t any blogs back in those days, nor any personal websites, or anything like that.

See: The Seed Eaters: A New Model Of Hominid Differentiation Based On A Baboon Analogy, Clifford J. Jolly, Man, New Series, 5(1), 5-26, 1970

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