Monday, August 23, 2010

Raw-Foodists, Relent

Raw-food demagoguery never fails to irritate me in the very special way only a neo-luddite fad can.

Richard Wrangham covers most of the reasons in this great TED-style talk. Yes, certain compounds may be degraded by high temperatures, but vastly more nutrients are simultaneously made available for easy digestion (through cell-wall rupture, for instance). The ability to cook food played an integral role in our evolutionary success.

Harvard Thinks Big 2010 - Richard Wrangham - 'Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human' from HTB2 on Vimeo.
(h/t Dish)

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