How cooking made us human  JAN 20 2010

Not all calories are created equal, says Harvard biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham...humans get many more calories from cooked food than from raw.

Cooked food is more digestible than raw food. And not just by a little, but by a lot. Learn how to control fire, use it to cook your food, and you free up extra energy -- plus time that would otherwise be spent masticating. Spend that time hunting, and your metabolic equation gets even better.

I'm sure this is well known within the raw food community but I had no idea. There's more in a talk Wrangham did in Seattle and his book, Catching Fire.

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