By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
April 20, 2012, 8:35 a.m. If early humans had been vegans we might all still be living in caves, Swedish researchers suggested in an article Thursday.
When a mother eats meat, her breast-fed child's brain grows faster and she is able to wean the child at an earlier age, allowing her to have more children faster, the article explains. That provided a distinct competitive advantage for early humans when limited resources and a small population made it difficult for them to thrive. "Eating meat enabled the breast-feeding periods and thereby the time between births to be shortened," said psychologist Elia Psouni of Lund University in Sweden. "This must have had a crucial impact on human evolution." http://www.latimes.com/health/boostersh … 8092.story The writer claims that Women were able to breast feed and wean children sooner and reproduce faster due to meat.Your thoughts?
And now the cows are getting even with us. Interesting factoid. There are nutrients we get from animals that aren't in plants. But some questions are: Have we evolved to needing those nutrients? And are weaning and reproducing faster more or less beneficial to the health of mother and child?
I have to agree with this as it really does make sense. But, what if those early cavemen/cavewomen had the meat we are being sold today? The meat that is loaded with steroids and antibiotics? The pink slime? The pre-cooked foods soaked in unhealthy oils? What if the early cave dwellers had chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers and fries? What would we look like or act like today? Now, gaze forward a few thousand years........