Thursday, September 27, 2018

Microstory 939: Fire and Water

I want to start off by making it clear that I am in no way an arsonist, or obsessed with fire. I don’t even like it more than any other person, but along with water, it’s one of the most profoundly important components of the universe. We need both of these two things to survive, even long before we could manipulate and control the former, or make the latter safe enough to drink. The control of fire is believed to have first been done by the ancestors of man between one and two million years ago. This marked a turning point in our history. It allowed us to keep warm, ward off predators, and cook our food. As I said in my Stepwisdom series, we do not know of a single civilization that did not cook its food. Wow, a lot of these entries are repeats. Does that make me wise? I don’t know, you tell me...but yes. What I said about it there is that the intense heat is primarily good for killing off pathogens, but that’s not all. Despite what you may have been told about the raw food craze, cooked food is not only perfectly acceptable, but healthy. Fad dietitians may claim our species has not had time to adapt to modern foods, and in some cases, this is true, especially when it comes to synthetic ingredients. But you would be surprised how quickly we can change in but a few generations. Our bodies have evolved to digest cooked food, and absorb the majority of its nutrients. Likewise, we’ve evolved out of the ability to live on a lot of raw foods, particularly meats. Meanwhile, our carnivorous animal brethren are completely fine with tearing the flesh off a fresh kill. I won’t say anything further about it, nor will I go over yet again the benefits of drinking water. Both deserved to be on this list, but you don’t need a master’s thesis on them.

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