I am proud to share the news that Don Matesz has released the book Powered By Plants: Natural Selection & Human Nutrition. Here is a brief description of the book:
In Powered By Plants: Natural Selection & Human Nutrition, Don Matesz proposes that a plant-based diet powered human evolution. Challenging anthropologists and advocates of low-carbohydrate and ‘paleo’ diets who claim that we require meat in our diet because meat-eating drove human evolution, Matesz cites a large body of evidence indicating that the human organism has numerous heritable anatomical, physiological, and biochemical features primarily adapted to acquisition or metabolism of whole plant foods, but lacks the heritable features expected as evidence of evolution primarily driven by meat consumption. While natural selection appears to have favored a human biology that thrives on a plant-based diet, sexual selection may explain the apparent paradox that we are athletically capable of hunting but highly susceptible to diseases caused by the luxury of meat consumption. Matesz surveys human biology from head-to-toe, and, backed by hundreds of references, shows that our sensory, locomotive, manual, digestive, and reproductive systems, and our nutrient metabolism, are all adapted to a whole foods plant-based diet. This evidence indicates that consumption of animal products promotes disease because it conflicts with basic human biology.
In this book, Matesz also examines the natural occurring pathogens found in animal foods, demonstrating that these are found in similar quantities in both intensively farmed livestock and wild game, and provides a significant amount of evidence for their role in human disease. This bookis an essential read for anyone interested in evolutionary nutrition, and highly recommended for anyone interested in health in general.
Don Matesz has studied the topic of evolutionary nutrition for the best part of two decades, and his extensive knowledge on this topic allowed him to be selected as a presenter for the first ever Ancestral Health Conference. Read about Matesz’s fascinating decision to return to a plant-based diet after 14 years of following a Paleo diet, and his struggle with ill-health caused by this former diet in his blog postFarewell to Paleo.
Click here for the paperback copy and here for the digital copy. A sample of the book can be viewed on Amazon.