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100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today
September 04, 2019 Comments.. 173
100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today Stephen Le A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food.There are few areas of modern life that are burdened by as much information and advice, often contradictory, as our diet and health eat a lot of meat, eat no meat whole grains are healthy, whole grains are a disaster eat everytA fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food.There are few areas of modern life that are burdened by as much information and advice, often contradictory, as our diet and health eat a lot of meat, eat no meat whole grains are healthy, whole grains are a disaster eat everything in moderation eat only certain foods and on and on In One Hundred Million Years of Food biological anthropologist Stephen Le explains how cuisines of different cultures are a result of centuries of evolution, finely tuned to our biology and surroundings Today many cultures have strayed from their ancestral diets, relying instead on mass produced food often made with chemicals that may be contributing to a rise in so called Western diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and obesity.Travelling around the world to places as far flung as Vietnam, Kenya, India, and the US, Stephen Le introduces us to people who are growing, cooking, and eating food using both traditional and modern methods, striving for a sustainable, healthy diet In clear, compelling arguments based on scientific research, Le contends that our ancestral diets provide the best first line of defense in protecting our health and providing a balanced diet Fast food diets, as well as strict regimens like paleo or vegan, in effect highjack our biology and ignore the complex nature of our bodies In One Hundred Million Years of Food Le takes us on a guided tour of evolution, demonstrating how our diets are the result of millions of years of history, and how we can return to a sustainable, healthier way of eating.. Million Years of Food What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food There are few areas of modern life that are burdened by
  • Title: 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today
  • Author: Stephen Le
  • ISBN: 9781250050410
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

      This book is just jammed packed with information Don t worry though it doesn t read heavy The author is one of the better ones about not droning on and ending up sounding like Charlie Brown s teacher Stephen Le takes you with him on his quest for foodie knowledge, you feel like you are globe hopping on the most ultimate trip of a lifetime Becauseod.He tackles so many topics that I found interesting that I read this slowly so that it all could sink in From the theory that eating a lot of meats an [...]

    2. Wanda says:

      This author tackles a variety of interesting topics, each one feeling like it could be the basis for its own book He plunges right in, pointing out that many primates are insectivorous and that many traditional cuisines include insects on the menu Fortunately or unfortunately whichever way you choose to look at it , most of us have lost our taste for the chitinous creatures and our prejudices have rubbed off on those who earlier in history did enjoy this high protein foodstuff But just for the r [...]

    3. 7jane says:

      Rating between 3.5 and 4.This book is about how humans relationship with food developed, and how we could benefit from choosing at least partly to follow the diets of our ancestors in the part of world we are or are from, if ancestors immigrated The author travels various parts of the world to see different ways of food, sometimes risking his health He also talks about how our prehistoric ancestors developed their taste of food, from insects to fruits, to hunter gatherer, to agriculture.On chapt [...]

    4. Tracey says:

      One thought that kept recurring while reading 100 Million Years of Food was how thoroughly this all seems to put paid to the idea of Intelligent Design Because my overall conclusion from all of this is, lord, these bodies are not well put together We are, apparently, evolved to seek out food that is sweet, but because of this we not only develop our crops for sweetness at the expense of other, healthful, attributes, but the sweetness really does go straight to our hips And hearts And teeth The [...]

    5. Lea says:

      Contains a lot of interesting ideas, perhaps too many, as the author doesn t seem to have the space to explore any in depth Unfortunately, nutrition and the way our bodies process food is quite a bit complicated than initially believed Le looks at the current science as an evolutionary biologist, which is fascinating, pointing out ways in which one person might differ from another in terms of what their bodies need to be healthy Because of these differences, the food that makes me feel best and [...]

    6. Justin says:

      Just to get this out of the way, this book despite its title is not a paleo book.And now on with the actual review.I feel like this book is in the same vein as a Michael Pollan book.I feel that the author of this book did research than Michael Pollan and that he has to say However, I feel that two things make it hard for him to communicate his opinions well.First, this book is not concise at all It has a great deal of travel journalism scattered about If you don t particularly care about a sto [...]

    7. Jonathan Morrow says:

      This is a good book and definitely made me think about my eating habits, both my actual behavior and what I aspire to The writing is good enough that it is actually enjoyable to read Most of the recommendations are pretty solid My main complaint is that several of the findings presented as fact have little evidence supporting them, some have a preponderance of evidence against them, and a few are even downright preposterous The little diatribe against GMOs near the end is a prime example of this [...]

    8. Margaret Sankey says:

      Vietnamese Canadian Le is a nutritional anthropologist, motivated by his mixed heritage why can one of his brothers not drink, while he can, why has he gotten so into fish sauce Why did his grandmother cook brown rice all the time to explore the genetic connection between regional cuisines and nutritional needs and human development In work similar to Nabhan s, but focused on Asia than the Middle East, he discusses how humans lost the ability to process uric acid, how people possibly learned to [...]

    9. Rossdavidh says:

      There are a lot of books out about how we should eat There are even a lot of books out about how we should eat things like what our ancestors ate So what does Stephen Le tell us that those other books don t In some sense, his basic message is no different you re eating junk, this isn t natural, eat traditional foods and while you re at it get up and move often.However, as part of what one might call the second generation of food naturalists , Le does give us a significantly different perspect [...]

    10. Coleen (The Book Ramblings) says:

      100 Million Years of Food is a fascinating look into the human diet as it evolved throughout the years, and gives insight into understanding the history with food While this has an abundance of information on a variety of topics, it isn t overwhelming like some would possibly expect It reads as a travel and food memoir with some ground covered that other similar books lack It was interesting learn about the ethnic backgrounds and traditional diets found within cultures, and the outcome when it c [...]

    11. Sam Gor says:

      Eat good food, keep moving, and let your body take care of the rest is the last line of this book SPOILER His message is clear and I liked it Granted I found out about this book in an article online Vicei think and found his story about his mom and his grandma intriguing so I picked it up.He goes through a lot 100 million years is a lot of years The topics he covers are insects, fruits, meats, fishes, starches, drinks, bacteria, calories, and the future of food I really enjoyed his narrative as [...]

    12. Sharon says:

      Based on the title I thought that would be focus on prehistoric eating habits I felt that s at times the author went off on certain overly scientific tangents.

    13. Kati says:

      Well written, thought provoking, friendly and conversational Only once or twice did the author even verge onto using too much science talk, but pulled it back to layman s terms before that became an issue This reads as part travel diary, part science in layman s terms breakdown of our evolutionary food map The author touches on some of the popular fad diets right now Paleo Primal, low fat, traditional whole foods, mediterranean Provides their place in our dietary evolution, and the pros cons of [...]

    14. Zachary Houle says:

      I love food maybe too much I definitely could use to shed some pounds In that respect, Stephen Le who is a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa hometown, represent has written a book for people like me In 100 Million Years of Food, Le has a few theories about what we can do to live longer, lose weight and not come down with as many diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart problems Basically, he advocates eating the same foods as our ancestors ate hundreds and thousands of years ago, [...]

    15. Debra says:

      This was a total impulse check out from my local library, and now I want to write the librarians a thank you note for putting this book out in a place where I might find it It s part travelogue, part accessible non fiction and entirely an exploration of food, science and history Although it jumps around quite a bit at the beginning, by the end it settles down and makes some compelling arguments that for those of us who live in developed or developing societies an increasingly large share of the [...]

    16. Cathy Savage says:

      This is an ethnographic look at the what we eat and how it relates to our genetic makeup We have adapted over the millennia to particular regional diets but the food choices we have now are not the traditional choices to which our bodies are adapted With changes in activity levels and food choices we have placed ourselves at risk for many diseases Having read this I now feel motivated to reassess how and what I eat with the view to change to the traditional diet my ancestors would have enjoyed [...]

    17. Christina says:

      I really enjoyed this, but agree with other readers, in that this book was like a well researched travel and food blog I definitely won t be eating insects any time soon I live in Canada, and I do wish that it was easier to buy a variety of meats other than the usual beef, chicken, typical fish halibut, cod, salmon, trout and pork it would be fun to have better access to game meats This book was definitely a food and nutrition enthusiast s type of book and sorry Stephen I wouldn t recommend it t [...]

    18. Laura Leane says:

      this book was terrible from the beginning, but not terrible enough to keep me from wanting to know what our ancestors ate and why it matters today, so i kept on until i got to this gem of a line Like most other foods, plants have no nutritional significance on their own i couldn t infer from context what was meant, really, but it can t be worth my time, regardless.

    19. Misha says:

      I enjoyed it definately better than you might think from the premise.

    20. NuNu says:

      Finally finished.

    21. James says:

      It was good, kind of meanders and doesn t have a central point necessarily but gives quality info on the state of food today

    22. Bonnie Szirtes says:

      Interesting read but I m not about to start eating insects.

    23. Sven Robertson says:

      I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley What Robert Sapolsky is to stress Why Zebras Don t Get Ulcers, Third Edition or Frans de Waal is to morality The Bonobo and the Atheist In Search of Humanism Among the Primates , anthropologist Stephen Le is to the human diet All three authors successfully apply millions of years of evolution to topics of modern interest, and all three do so in a compelling way The formula works In 100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD, Le [...]

    24. Becky says:

      I always bring a heavy dose of skepticism to pop science, but I enjoyed this book a lot, despite some questions about the material.Le is a biological anthropologist, i.e an actual expert in the history of human and primate biology and qualified to discuss the science of ancestral diets The bibliography of 100 Million Years of Food will warm the heart of academically minded readers with its many peer reviewed journal articles, and Le seems to do a pretty good job evaluating his sources, even when [...]

    25. Louise says:

      This is an ambitious summary of what we know about traditional cuisines and how various common or not so common foods can affect the human body, told in part by way of the author s memories of travelling around the world in search of new food experiences.The author s main focus, other than the whirlwind tour through world cuisines and modern hypotheses concerning human evolution, is this The robustness of meat eaters and the long lives of meat abstainers are two sides of the same biological coin [...]

    26. Christina Dudley says:

      A delightful book that reads half like a travel foodie memoir and half like a healthy living handbook Rather than covering the same ground many food books have covered, author Stephen Le ventures out into the world to explore traditional diets, downing everything from insects to beaver leg to artisanal fermented fish sauce.His conclusions Any and all tried and true traditional food diets will generally yield health benefits, with some variations for your own ethnic racial background For example, [...]

    27. Tim says:

      Don t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn t recognize as food This simple quote from 100 Million Years of Food encompasses the message from young professor Le in his great book about why we eat what we eat In anecdotal episodes from his journeys and in well written scientific explanations he describes where our eating habits come from, what food our bodies can actually process hint there is only so much fruit before drinking your power juice becomes useless and why for a long life it is b [...]

    28. Elaine says:

      I won a copy from.So, that s why I can t drink That pesky ADH gene variant that protects some Asians from drinking too much or not at all As my friends would say, That s no fun Well, I can t miss what I never liked, right The topic of eating like our ancestors is no longer new Mr Le s book is just one of many infiltrating the consciousness of readers and foodies in this, the newest trend in the how to eat to live longer debate.I enjoyed the way Mr Le writes and how he relates it to his own perso [...]

    29. Alison says:

      Stephen Le had an interesting take on the history of food eating The book is part non fiction part auto biography with some interesting travel and food stories to go along with his findings and research, which actually made the book nicer and easier to read as it wasn t all just facts It s a bit of a thesis analysis of his findings which look a bit like a cross of primal blueprint paleo old fashioned farm eating as his conclusion Although the research findings are still fluctuating as people do [...]

    30. Sarah - says:

      I received this as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I love food, so I should have loved this book Except I didn t I m not sure quite why, some of the stories were very entertaining and the books is jam packed full of so much information, some of the topics could easily be their own books Perhaps that alone is why I did not dig this one It was okay, but I found myself skimming a lot toward the middle, after skipping the bug stuff entirely There are interesting theories, but u [...]

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