Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford and Head of Science and Education at Biocare has his own special and alternate reality. A personally-constructed reality in which he has a worthwhile opinion when it comes to interpreting the research of acknowledged scholars, delivers effortless insights into matters of nutrition and commends himself for his position on the leading-edge of pretty much every health matter.
In several books and articles, Holford refers to the diet of the gorilla as something that we should aspire to emulate. In a recent article for The Times in South Africa he declares:
I eat like a gorilla and supplement because I can’t get enough nutrients and minerals from my diet.
This is profoundly disturbing. Wild gorillas practise coprophagy; they can obtain minerals by geophagy. They eat termites. For the termites, each to their own and it makes sense to rely upon local produce: for the rest, it doesn’t bear thinking about.
According to Wiki adult male gorillas range in height from 165-175 cm (5 ft 5 in-5 ft 9 in), and in weight from 140-200 kg (310-440 lb). Adult females are average about 140 cm (4 ft 7 in) tall and 100 kg (220 lb). Occasionally, a silverback of over 183 cm (6 feet) and 225 kg (500 lb) has been recorded in the wild. Wild gorillas eat 40-70 pounds (18-32 kg) of food each day, and this takes an average of 55% of the day. Humans have rarely the time, inclination or gut to eat a comparable, relative volume of food in a day. Plus, we cook and process some food: in many cases, this makes it easier to obtain the nutrients from a smaller volume of food.
Wild gorillas carry a heavy parasite load that is probably exacerbated by their coprophagy but there is some suggestion that this practice allows them to absorb B vitamins created by bacteria activity in their lower intestinal tract that have been excreted. Different species, different needs. But, I will state here and now that I am glad that, by and large, humans don’t poop, scoop and consume goop.
Each to their own but some insights into nutrition that rely mainly upon an appeal to nature and evolution just don’t work.