Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In the News: Cooked Meat Provides More Energy


Early humans ate raw meat as early as 2.5 million years ago. So, why do we cook over stovetops today?

A new study suggests that cavemen switched to cooked meats because they offer more energy than in their raw form (Source: MSN).

Rachel Carmody, the Harvard University student who conducted the study, said: "It is astonishing that we don't understand the fundamental properties of the food we eat. All the effort we put into cooking food and presenting it – mashing it up, or cutting it, or slicing or pounding it – we don't understand what effect that has on the energy we extract from food, and energy is the primary reason we eat in the first place."

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