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‘Consider the Fork’ Chronicles Evolution of Eating

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  • The relatively new invention of the fork altered the way we eat and chew our food, such that it changed the structure of the human jaw.
  • Humans used to have an edge-to-edge bite, like apes and chimpanzees, but in the last 200 years or so, it changed into an overbite, likely as a result of cutting our food into smaller pieces and using a fork to eat.
  • It’s important to remember ancient culinary traditions, such as fermenting our foods, as often these traditions rely on healthy cooking methods and real, whole foods – not the processed convenience foods that are so common today.

By Dr. Mercola

First came the discovery of fire, which eventually lead to a shift to the cooked-food diet. This, so the theory goes, gave humans the extra calories they needed to allow their brains to get bigger.


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