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From: DK (108.240.100.117)
Subject:         Re: Chimp diet high fat, moderate protein, low carb.
Date: March 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm PST

In Reply to: Chimp diet high fat, moderate protein, low carb. posted by Ben on March 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm:

That author is just playing games with numbers. He claims to
agree that a healthy diet for humans is similar to the traditional
diet of chimps. He posits a chimp diet of 75% fruit & 25%
"pith". (Pith is the stems of plants, not the leaves, so I don't
know exactly what he means here. He also says these
numbers are based on "dry weight," so again it's hard to know
the real meaning.)
He then states that ripe fruit is composed calorically of 30%
sugars, 20% protein & 50% fat. That's just flat out wrong.
Then he pulls the old switcheroo - using those nonsense
numbers for chimp food while using our generally accepted
numbers for human food.
So somehow in his analysis a chimp diet of 75% fruit leads to a
recommendation of a low fruit diet for humans. To him, a
high-fruit diet for chimps is low carb, but a high-fruit diet for
humans would be too high in carbs.
He's pretending to agree with the idea of humans eating like
chimps while recommending a diet very different from that of
chimps, and he does this by re-jiggering the numbers of the
chimp diet.
(BTW, the chimp diet in the wild is much higher than 75% fruit,
measured calorically.)

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