The Evolution of an Eater

Posted 08/11/2012 | By HealthCorps

Our DNA is 99.99% the same as it was 10,000 years ago. What we put in our bodies has changed drastically over the last 100 years. It is important to recognize the differences in food today and understand how the processing of foods changes the effect it has on your body. Knowing what your food has gone through to get to you will help you to make smarter and healthy decisions to maintain and strengthen your body.

Caveman:

What they ate:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lean meat
  • Legumes and nuts

Stone Age Diet:

  • 65% fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, honey
  • 35% lean game, eggs, wild fowl, fish, shellfish

Stone Age Activity:

  • Hunted and gathered all food (all natural and no chemicals.)
  • Walking, stalking and digging everyday for fresh food; used many calories and required much effort

Modern Man

What we eat:

  • Grains, cereals, pasta, bread
  • Dairy products that are high in fat
  • Refined sugar
  • Processed oils and foods

American Diet:

  • 55% “new” foods; cereal grains, milk, milk products, sugar, sweeteners, processed fats, alcohol
  • 28% fatty meat, poultry, eggs, fish, shellfish
  • 17% fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts

Modern Day Lifestyle:
Sedentary lifestyle:

Sitting in front of computers, sitting in class, driving/taking the subway instead of walking. Food choices that require very little if any effort (going out to eat/ordering take out, food deliveries) — foods are highly processed and not very fresh.

(video by Awakened Films)

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