This morning, I was interested to read Holford arguing that
there are a whole lot of fundamental principles relating to how we live. I mean, for example, if you go back to a time when everyone was a hunter/gatherer, that’s 200 generations ago, that’s all. It’s really not that much. And, of course, all food was organic; all food was whole, unrefined and so on.
However, 200 generations is – being generous, and allowing 25 years/generation – 5,000 years. Humans have been farming for more like 10,000 years.
I am not, generally, especially convinced by this argument from ancientness. However, if someone is going to make this type of argument, we would at least hope that they would get their timelines right.
Holford also argues that
2,000mg [per day vitamin C] is pretty much what a Gorilla will eat in a natural environment, from fruits, leaves, berries and shoots. So my combined food and supplement intake of Vitamin C is about 2,000mg, and that is pretty consistent with evolution.
Holford, however, is not a gorilla. What is healthy for a gorilla is not necessarily healthy for him (or for you).
Given that the article related to a show put on by the Irish Association of Health Stores – which no doubt sell a range of interesting health foods – I would also note that gorillas have been known to eat faeces (their own, and those of other gorillas). Does a gorilla-style diet still sound so appealing?
h/t to Gimpy.