Wednesday, December 28

Humans Are Frugivores

A very basic anatomical comparison, that of which does not cover all organisms.

I didn't even know what a frugivore was until a few years ago. Seriously, I had never heard of such a thing. In my school, I believe that it was suppressed. In biology we learned about carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores, but never was there any mention of the term frugivore. Even as I type this article, my spell checker is marking the word (frugivore) in red because it doesn't recognize it.

Frugivore: Zoology / Any chiefly fruit-eating organism, as certain primates, birds, fish, and bats.

Research by anthropologists show that the anatomy of our ancestors, similar to that of our closest primate cousins, is in fact designed to primarily consume fruit. There are no findings that suggest otherwise.

"By careful examination of fossil teeth and fossilized human remains with electron microscopes and other sophisticated tools, Dr. Walker and his colleagues are absolutely certain that early humans until relatively recently, were total fruitarians."  - Science Verifies That Humans' Ancestors Were Frugivores

"Preliminary studies of fossil teeth have led to the startling suggestion that our early human ancestors (Australopithecus) were not predominantly meat-eaters or even eaters of seeds, shoots, leaves or grasses, nor were they omnivorous. Instead they appear to have subsisted chiefly on a diet of fruit. Every tooth examined from the hominids of the 12 million year period leading up to Homo Erectus appeared to be that of a fruit-eater." - Dr. Alan Walker, Anthropologist of John Hopkins University in Maryland - May 15, 1979 - New York Times.
"The natural food of man, judging from his structure, appears to consist principally of the fruits, roots, and other succulent parts of vegetables. His hands afford every facility for gathering them; his short but moderately strong jaws on the other hand, and his canines being equal only in length to the other teeth, together with his tuberculated molars on the other, would scarcely permit him either to masticate herbage, or to devour flesh, were these condiments
not previously prepared by cooking." - Georges Cuvier

Now then, why is this so very important? Because the 'food' that we are choosing to eat is killing us. It has degraded the human organism so badly, that children are now plagued with the same diseases that aging adults had decades ago. Processed, genetically-modified foods laden with chemical pesticides and packaged in hormone-disrupting plastics or disease-causing metals have accelerated this issue to the point that some people cannot even have babies if they tried. It is nature's way of saying that we have gone too far. People are sicker and dying younger, but they think it's only because it runs in the family.

Eat more fruit to detoxify the body naturally, with the exception of nightshades which are
generally not recommended. Also, keep high-fat and non-sweet fruits to a minimum.

So what do we do? We must change our diets if we want health and longevity. It truly is that simple. Eat more fruit. We are such a young species, and we have not evolved into omnivores. Modern humans have only been around for 200,000 years, civilization is only about 6,000 years old, and industrialization started in the 1800's. This short period of aberrant eating will not have changed our dietary requirements for optimal health. If we had in fact evolved, our anatomy would be quite different than it is today.

Biologically Appropriate Human Food Test:
Sight: Does the food stand out and draw the eye?
Smell: Does the food have a pleasant odor?
Taste: Is the food sweet, a little sour, or pleasant when it is raw?
Children: Does an infant or child eat it without coercion?
Ease: Is it easy to pick and easy to chew?
Desire: Do you want to eat it?

Judging from anatomy and genetics, take a look at our closest Hominidae relative: Chimpanzees. Did you know that almost half of their diet is figs? Then, of course, fruits like bananas, mangoes, melons, and apples make up the majority of the rest. They also eat a small amount of nuts, seeds, leaves, blossoms, medicinal herbs, honey, and palm wine. Lastly, when fruit is not available they'll eat raw meat, eggs, and insects (this makes up about 10% of their diet), and they'll only do so because they want to, not because it's best.

Dr. Robert Morse and Hilde Larsen explain why eating fruit is so important:

Imagine what life would be like without so much discomfort and pain. If you're interested in change, start eating more fruit today. It makes a huge difference. Trust me, like others out there, I know how it feels to eat this way. I've been on high fruit for a while now, and my life is better because of it.

Be well,

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