During the Miocene era, eating a high fiber diet that is plant based was considered healthy. Anatomically apes and humans have similar digestive systems. Even though most apes are considered carnivorous their diet consists of 98% plant based food sources. 150 grams of fiber daily is what populations in rural African eat and they live mostly free from two of our big killers: colon cancer and heart disease. To get a full days calories of plant based diet you would need to eat 11 pounds of food a day.
- The digestive tracts of humans and great apes are very similar, yet apes eat a 98 percent plant-based diet.
- Many people in rural African consume 150 grams of fiber per day and do not suffer from colon cancer and heart disease.
- Instead of considering 100 grams of fiber per day a high fiber diet, what most people eat should be considered an extremely low fiber diet.
“Not surprisingly, this resulted in some of the largest bowel movements ever recorded in the medical literature, with men on the high-fiber vegetable-based diet exceeding a kilogram of fecal weight per day.”