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A summary of the chapter 5, "Food". Read this if you want to change your diet or eat better.

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century

by Heather Heying

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Some Foods "Wants" To Be Eaten, Some Are Not

The nature is telling us on what to eat and what to not eat.

  • Food that did not contains killing the whole animals or plants means it "wants" to be eaten. Which is, fruits, milks, and nectars.
  • Eating seeds, leaves, or even flesh of an animals means killing it. I...

Why We Invent Cooking

  • Fruit, nectar, or milk has been produced dilligently in a way that it's directly digestible.
  • For example, plants needs to bear fruit to sprout their seeds. The seeds doesn't want to be eaten, it wants to grow. The animals who eat the fruit help the plants to sow the seeds somewhere....

Cooking Is More Than The Nutrition

  • Cooking not only helps us eating undigestible food to the digestible one. It shapes and grow our brains.
  • Cooking also changes our social structure. Back then, bonfire is not only for cook, but also for socialize.
  • Now, food still become a cent...

The Modern Approach To Food Reduce The Value Of It

  • Fast food is convenience, however it is not only strip the nutrient, but also strip the social experience of eating the food.
  • GMO or other modified organism may be beneficial for us, but we don't know the effect of it in the long run.
  • Globalization has make ...

Some Diets Are Suitable For Some People Only

  • People in different region needs a different kind of food.
  • That's why some diets, like paleo or medditeranian, are not suitable for most people.
  • The reductionism approach to food, to only focus on nutrition, is damaging us in the long run.
  • Our ancestors, ever...

Actionable Tips

  • Shop in the edges of supermarket. Means, avoid processed food and choose whole food instead.
  • Avoid GMO if possible.
  • Respect your food cravings or aversion as long as it doesn't pose any significant risk. For example, aversion...

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