I thought this might be fun to discuss since there is such a wide variety of thoughts and opinions and evidence, OH the evidence.
What do you think our natural diet is? Omnivore? Carnivore? Frugivore? Herbivore/Vegetarian?
I'm inclined to believe we are Frugivores with the occasional taste for meat. Our closest relatives(apes) have been observed hunting down and eating smaller monkeys from time to time, but are mainly "fruitarians".
That said, the opposing evidence says we are natural omnivores which is evidenced by our strong taste for meat, and instead of being gifted with talons and tearing teeth, were gifted with tools to hunt with instead.
What do you think?
Here's my thought. My baby is nearly 12 months old and already I've learned a lot from him. We are practicing Child-Introduced-Solids which is instead of giving him pureed foods, and giving him them when he was 4 -6 months old, we waited until he showed signs of readiness(reaching for the food in our hands or on our plates) we've given foods in their whole form or pieces that are easily manipulated by small hands and allowed him to bite off the sized pieces he sees fit(this is actually a very safe process - research it if you're interested). He LOVES fruits. Apples, Oranges, Bell Peppers, and Bananas are his favorite(I have yet to introduce him to pears or plums or avocados). I can't peel an orange fast enough for him before he starts fussing(incidentally, I've also learned that a great natural tool for peeling an orange if your fingers just aren't cutting it, is pinching the peel between your canines and biting down). I've learned from my son, that the best evidence we have in what our ancestors truly were like, is by watching our children. It is natural to them before we incidentally teach them otherwise. He's not too much into meats. At least not yet. I've given him slices of chicken, and he is not yet at all interested(meanwhile, mama LOVES her chicken!). He licks it and drops it. Judging by his reaction to whole foods, this whole Frugivore debate, besides the accompanying evidence, seems accurate enough.
One of the dozen articles I've read during this research is all animals were designed to eat what tastes good to them. Most leaves taste bitter. Following that line of thought, I cannot imagine humans eating leaves are real natural, nor can I see them being any amount of satisfying to anything else but deer and rabbits. 'Sides..if we want to get down to the nitty-gritty of it, leaves taste MUCH better as tea. Nom. Nom. Nom.
And if I listen to my true desires for food, instead of my thoughts getting tweaked by common media; I love my fruit, nuts, potatoes.....and chicken. >.> My gut tells me eating a salad of leaves is just weird, and not at all satisfying.
What do you think?