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Daytime The Perfect Human Diet

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A lot of movies explore the politics and economics of food, diet and health: SuperSize Me, Food Inc., and Forks over Knives being some of the more widely seen, not to leave out those such as King Corn, Farmageddon, and Food Matters.

What’s new about "The Perfect Human Diet" is its focus on anthropology and what we, as humans, have been eating for literally hundreds of thousands of years. It’s hard to argue with evolution.

The movie follows filmmaker CJ Hunt’s 10-year search for the “perfect human diet” after the raw vegan diet he adopted following a near-death experience failed to sustain him. Stepping outside politically- and emotionally-charged and highly confusing nutrition science, he goes to our ancestors – not just our grandparents and great-grandparents, but those from tens and hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Here are a few of the interesting points:

- Over 70% of the foods we eat today did not exist before the industrial revolution. From an evolutionary perspective, there is simply no way for our bodies to know what to do with these “foods” (which, as we all know, aren’t real food at all).

- Broken down by nutrient ratios, what we feed cattle to “fatten them up” is almost identical to the government-sanctioned food pyramid for a “healthy” diet. Is it any wonder we are in the middle of an obesity epidemic?

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