Consideration 14 - The Puzzle of Feeding Omnivores
In the past, there would be evolutionary pressure to make infants, young children and adults have the ability to survive on various foods. The Inuit of past times lived on seals and reindeer; other cultures lived on corn or rice or fish or wheat or buffalo or beef. Humans are omnivores and can get by or thrive on a wide variety of foods. This is the riddle of feeding omnivores, what is the correct food for a species that can live on a wide variety of foods as adults. Infants are not that adaptable. Milk is in a category all by itself.
Are the 29 or low 30’s “essential nutrients” the minimum required for growth? This is the standard for adult nutrition. This standard has been applied to infant nutrition. What a huge mistake.
The ability to adapt questions the validity of science in feeding trials. When subjects of scientific study engage in methods of adaptation to the food that is given them, then the results have to be viewed as semi-science. The response of the human body is to develop strategies to deal with the food or medicine. The human body has had many types nutrition offered, the body has significant resources. The effects of a food or medicine will be hidden by the body’s ability to deal with the food or medicine. An adverse reaction to a food or medicine will only be seen if it overwhelms the body’s ability to deal with the food or medicine. A direct cause and effect cannot be determined until the problem reaches levels of levels of detection. This situation leads to false positive results of scientific trials. Nutrients that are beneficial but not necessary will not be found by these methods. Achieving growth is a misinforming yardstick.