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(Lifehacker)   You don't *have* to cook lots of things, but adding a little heat does wonders   ( divider line
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893 clicks; posted to Food » on 02 Jul 2020 at 11:50 AM (16 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2020-07-02 12:55:58 PM  
13 votes:
(puts on food nerd hat)  The taming of fire to cook food is actually the reason we were able to evolve as we did.  Our stomachs should be too small to hold the food necessary to provide enough energy for our outsized brains.  Between the extra energy necessary to both chew and digest raw food, if that's all a person was able to eat it's quite likely they'd starve to death.  the Promethean act of conquering fire is the most direct act that allowed us to become the dominant species on the planet.
2020-07-02 5:27:26 PM  
4 votes:
Street taco trucks cook their corn, and since it's the most delicious I assume that's the only correct way to cook it.

/butter, spices, and cilantro
//can't beat it
2020-07-02 11:37:56 AM  
3 votes:
Raw corn gives me the runs.
2020-07-02 4:22:58 PM  
2 votes:
Have fun with your pellagra!

One of the most eye-opening books I ever read was Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human. It's like the best scientific review article and science history book you've ever read. Long story short, we're like apes with underdeveloped intestinal tracts, baby teeth, and fetal skulls because we cook our food. Cooking allowed us to not spend eight hours a day chewing and led directly to our bigger brains, complex society, and a bunch of other important things.

Along the way we lost the ability to do well on raw food. Experiments were done feeding people a diet of raw fruits and vegetables that would turn any ape into Jabba the Chimp. Humans lost weight, showed signs of malnutrition, and the women's body fat dropped to the point where they lost fertility. Millions of years of evolution have made the raw food vegan diet incompatible with reproduction and life unless you process the hell out of the food and by preference pre-digest a lot of it by fermentation.
2020-07-02 2:43:48 PM  
2 votes:
Yeah, you don't HAVE to prepare quite a few things. But it does make things easier to digest and tends to eliminate quite a few micro organisms that we don't want.
2020-07-02 12:29:39 PM  
2 votes:
Yes you can, and yes it's good


Harder to get the butter to melt (and serving melted butter means it will all be gone by the time it gets to you)
2020-07-02 3:24:37 PM  
1 vote:
2020-07-02 2:53:51 PM  
1 vote:
Grilling corn on the cob has always seemed like a waste of time.  Two minutes in the microwave, in husk, and the silk just drops off.

/more room on the grill for brats or burgers or hot dogs or ...
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