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Food for Thought…

April 30, 2009

Which food fits all of the following descriptors?

  1. Humans’ closest relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas, never eat it.
  2. It cannot be eaten in its natural form – it must be processed first.
  3. Unless it is cooked, it is toxic to the human body.

Ready for the answer?

Here goes:

Wheat.

If you thought the answer was “meat”, you’ve been reading the wrong materials.  Not only is meat perfectly safe to eat raw (assuming it has not been contaminated), it is found in the diets of both gorillas and chimpanzees.

Wheat – and its high-carb vegan cousins, beans and potatoes – not only taste disgusting when eaten raw, but contain a variety of interesting toxins (whose names I forget).  While not deadly, they will make an individual very ill.  (Cooking causes these toxins to break down, rendering wheat and beans reasonably safe.  Potatoes, not so much.)

Not like I needed another reason not to eat this stuff.  Bread gives me horrible dandruff and potatoes are disgusting.  (Beans I like, but I may have to rethink my policy after this.  At any rate I won’t be eating a lot of them.)

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