[LMB] OT: Genetics & Culture

Rachel anglerfish at gmail.com
Fri Nov 17 02:29:34 GMT 2017


> From: Matthew George
> No, the reason humans need dietary vitamin C is that for some unknown
> reason our distant ancestors lost the enzymatic pathway to synthesize it.
> Other mammals can make it - indeed, one reason Native Americans in the far
> north didn't get scurvy is that they ate certain organs, or all their meat,
> raw.  I vaguely recall one ethnologist discussing how after hunting a moose
> and butchering it for cooking and preservation, (I think) the adrenal
> glands were carefully cubed and distributed raw to everyone in the tribe.
>


I've read somewhere too that carbohydrate intake drastically increases
vitamin C requirements, which would also come into play with Northern diets.

Although that might have been on fundamentalist paleo blogs, possibly only
based on one study from the 1930s...


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