Originally Posted by AlmostFullBenefits
Lentils should be cooked--or "altered"; same with chicken. Is chicken unhealthy? No. Grapes are toxic to dogs, should people not eat them because they are toxic to some mammals? No. Your arguments all stem from generalized logic fallacies that have no baseline in either reason or science. Legumes used for food are not toxic to most mammals, and certainly not humans, as they have long provided the dietary backbone for large portions of the human race for thousands of years. There are legumes that are toxic in large quantities, but these are not frequently or purposefully consumed by humans. It's like saying people shouldn't eat mushrooms in your grocery store, because a few species that you can't even find in a store are toxic. The bulk of the carbohydrates in lentils come from fiber (over 50%), which is largely beneficial to the bacteria in your gut, not you (i.e., no net caloric value). Furthermore, carbohydrates are not inherently evil, and no true nutritionist will tell you that they are--it's the over-consumption of them, largely in the form of added sugars, which they become harmful in your diet. So, once again, what books are you reading? Not to be insulting, but it sounds like you are getting some really piss-poor advice and information from somewhere (if you aren't trolling), and really my only gripe is that too often pseudoscience and other quackery gets passed off as legitimate advice to people too gullible and ignorant to know the difference.
Chicken can be consumed raw. Obviously, human digestive systems differ from that of dogs. Just because they have provided the backbone of the human diet for thousands of years does not mean that they are inherently healthy. On an evolutionary scale, thousands of years is a rather short period of time. The advent of agriculture, roughly 10,000 years ago, saw a huge shift in the human diet from mostly plants and vegetables to grains. This shift paralleled a reduction in average human life span as well as body and brain size, increases in infant mortality and infectious diseases, and the occurrence of previously unknown conditions such as osteoporosis, bone mineral disorders, and malnutrition. With advancement in modern medicine, we now can live long enough to enjoy atherosclerosis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Humans have simply not yet adapted to this diet. I don't believe carbohydrates are evil, as long as they are consumed with the accompanied fiber that nature paired them with, and are not processed or refined. A lot of the information I am reiterating comes from Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
, by Dr. Jared Diamond and Richard Manning's Against the Grain
Because I offer a contrary opinion I am trolling?