Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Cookitarians hit the big time

It wasn't that long ago that I wrote a post about Grainitarians, and mentioned the "Cookitarian" philosophy in passing.

Now, they're making headlines. Headlines at Medical News Today at least.

Richard Wrangham, the father of Cookitarianism has published a book "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human".

The article states

Drawing on a wide body of research, Wrangham makes the case that cooking makes eating faster and easier, and wrings more caloric benefit from food.

This is my favorite part:

By freeing humans from having to spend half the day chewing tough raw food -- as most of our primate relatives do -- cooking allowed early humans to devote themselves to more productive activities, ultimately allowing the development of tools, agriculture, and social networks.

So this raises two questions.

One, our dogs and cats have subsisted on our cooked food for at the better part of a hundred years now. When can we expect them to stop wasting all their non-masticating time laying around the house, and do something productive for the family?

And two, what does this mean for the raw food movement? Ok, that's not really a question. I think we already know the raw food movement accepts the chains - Raw Food: "It’s not a diet. It’s a way of Life."

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