Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2013-05-31
Experience your inner cow
Cows and other ruminants have specialized
apparatus that makes them uniquely adapted to a diet of grasses.
They can eat the stuff growing on your front lawn, the
“weeds” that grow in the cracks of the sidewalk, the
grasses that appear in any piece of land lying fallow, grasses
that grow wild in any field or valley. Grasses are members of the
family Poaceae, a collection of plants that includes fescue,
Kentucky bluegrass, and zoysia grass.
Know what else falls in the grass family
Poaceae? The grasses triticum, zea mays, and oryza: wheat,
corn, and rice. They, too, are grasses.
When you see a field of grass, do you
recognize that as food? Do you salivate when you spy someone’s
freshly-mown lawn? Do you get out your fork and knife when you see
some grasses growing along the sidewalk?
For the 2.4 million years that Homo
species have inhabited the earth, we recognized the flesh and organs
of animals, birds and their eggs, fish and shellfish, roots, fruit,
the leaves and stems of some plants, mushrooms, nuts, and seeds as
food. Like a cheetah, bear, or walrus, we knew instinctively what
represented “food.” Around 4000 to 10,000 years
ago–just a moment ago in archaeological time–most likely
during a time of desperation, e.g., increasing aridity/drought, we
saw grasses–ubiquitous, hardy, accessible–and asked,
“Can we eat that stuff?” And we did. After
all, wild ruminants like goats, yak, gazelle, and giraffes ate them.
When we recognized that grasses in their native
form were inedible and made us sick (vomiting, diarrhea), we learned
that we could isolate the seeds of grasses, mash and heat them, and
they became edible. (Fire, incorporated something like 250,000 years
ago, was therefore necessary to allow the seeds of grasses to be edible.)
So we learned that, by processing the seeds of
grasses, we could consume them to live another day, even though they
were not on our evolutionary menu of items recognized as food. We
lived another day . . . only to pay the health price later.
The grasses wheat, corn, and rice now comprise 50% of all human
Your “inner cow”? Moooooo!