Via Ed Bruske, aka The Slow Cook, I learned of a recent L.A. Times story regarding the possible role of carbohydrates, not fat, in obesity and obesity-related illnesses. I’ll leave the fat vs. carb debate to others, but wanted to share one rather startling fact from the article:
One way to put our diet in perspective is to imagine the face of a clock with 24 hours on it. Each hour represents 100,000 years that humans have been on the Earth.
On this clock, the advent of agriculture and refined grains would have appeared at about 11:54 p.m. (23 hours and 54 minutes into the day). Before that, humans were hunters and gatherers, eating animals and plants off the land. Agriculture allowed for the mass production of crops such as wheat and corn, and refineries transformed whole grains into refined flour and created processed sugar.
Pretty amazing to think about, isn’t it?