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From: Jeremiah (
Subject:         Re: For example...
Date: September 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm PST

In Reply to: For example... posted by Jeremiah on September 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm:

Another example. He says:
"Cooking also serves other purposes such as making the food
easier to digest and reducing or eliminating potentially dangerous
compounds such as goitrogens and enzyme inhibitors."

He seems to be too caught up in his own cleverness to realize that
he's making Doug's very point for him. Doug's point is that foods
that require cooking are not appropriate for human consumption.
He is stating something that nobody disagrees with and trying to
make it seem like a brilliant point. Nobody disagrees that cooking
rice or grain makes it easier to digest and eliminates dangerous
compounds. The entire point of Doug's work is to question the
premise that foods that require such modification in order to be
somewhat palatable are very likely to have problems associated
with them that cooking cannot eliminate, and that the process of
cooking, while rendering these foods edible, also creates harmful

This becomes very clear when we try to apply this warped logic to
foods that are natural for human beings. Nobody can possibly
argue seriously that taking a mango or an apple and cooking it
somehow improves the quality of that food from a nutritional
standpoint. We don't need to make such foods "easier to digest"
and we don't need to reduce or eliminate "potentially dangerous
compounds such as goitrogens and enzyme inhibitors" in apples
and mangos. He's actually presenting a great argument for why we
shouldn't eat grains, but he somehow thinks he's making a point
about cooking being a great thing. Sure, it's great, like bulletproof
vests are great if you're going to get shot, but you still end up with
a huge bruise on your chest and possible internal bleeding. I prefer
not to get shot in the first place.

So Doug's point is ignored and the virtues of cooking grains are
extolled to try and portray cooking in a positive light. Missing the
point, entirely.

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