Eating Meat: The Meal that Made Us More Human
By Peter Maldonado, Mar 30 2016
The popular Paleo diet invites us to eat like our ancestors. Rich with healthy protein choices, the Paleo menu consists of grass-produced meats (instead of corn-fed factory-farm meats), fish and seafood, eggs, fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, and healthful oils such as olive, avocado, coconut, walnut, flaxseed, and macadamia.
A growing body of research suggests that healthy meats are not only good for us; they have played a crucial role in making us human over millions of years of evolution.
Bigger Brains and Vitamin B12
The connection is becoming clear. Brains need vitamin B12 to grow and develop, and B12 is only present in meats—not plants. Meat-eating carnivores are bigger brained than plant eating herbivores; and their anatomy is dramatically different to accommodate their dining requirements. A vegetarian smaller-brained gorilla spends 80% of his waking hours eating and looking for food, while larger brained, meat-eating humans take in nutrition-dense meats in far less time. A recent study from Spain explains that “there is no [traditional] society that lives as vegans,” because it wouldn’t be possible to get vitamin B12.
Another enhancement in human development came when our ancestors began cooking their meats which released even more nutrients and calories for their developing brains.
Meat-Eating Fuels Population Growth
A Swedish study showed that when early humans became carnivores, their higher-quality diet allowed mothers to wean their babies earlier than their prehuman ancestors. This advantage allowed early humans to become pregnant more often. This definitive gain helped to fuel human population growth.
The Meat-Eating Habit
In a separate study, the skull of a prehuman child who lived about 1.5 million years ago in Tanzania, Africa, revealed a bone disease that resulted from not eating enough animal products. This discovery concluded that the pre-human species was accustomed to eating meat and required it for healthy development.
5 Essential Brain Nutrients in Meat
Vitamin B-12 is one of five essential nutrients for a healthy brain that is exclusively found in meat, fish, and eggs. The other four are:
- Creatine – Found almost exclusively in meat and fish, creatine is an important nutrient in our brain and muscles that helps to supply energy
- Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D3, one of two types of Vitamin D (D3 and D2), comes from animals and is more important to the body than D2. You can get D3 by taking cod fish liver oil or eating lots of fatty fish.
- Carnosine – Created from two amino acids, carnosine is found exclusively in animal tissue. It protects against degenerative diseases and may have strong anti-aging effects.
- DHA – Short for Docosahexaenoic Acid, DHA is the most abundant Omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and is vital for normal brain development. We don’t produce DHA in our bodies, so we must get them from foods such as meat and fish.
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