Every bird you’ve seen, every fish you’ve seen, every animal you’ve ever seen in nature, has always been in perfect shape, in perfect health and loaded with energy.
Think about this for a moment: There are approximately one-million species of animals on this Earth (amphibians, birds, fish, insects, mammals and reptiles) and only one species is riddled with deadly diseases like obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes: humans. Every other animal in nature eats a 100 percent real, raw, whole-foods diet, based on whatever category of eater the animal is.
For example, animals such as lions, alligators, eagles, sharks, vultures, snakes and crocodiles eat meat almost exclusively and are known as carnivores. Other animals eat both meat and plants, such as bears, raccoons, chickens, lizards, ostriches, squirrels and skunks and are categorized as omnivores. Most animals are herbivores and eat primarily plants, including elephants, rhinos, cows, horses, buffalo, deer, antelopes, koalas, pandas and caterpillars.
Other animals who eat primarily plants are gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees. It might be hard to believe, but our bodies are genetically 99 percent of that of a chimp. When they do eat meat, which is rarely, it is mostly comprised of small insects like ants and termites.
According to research by Dr. Jane Goodall, the chimp has a strong preference for fruit, which partially categorizes them as frugivores. In fact, a chimp’s natural diet consists of two-thirds fruit and the balance is made up of veggies along with some nuts, seeds and berries. Their natural food choices sufficiently provide them with every macro and micronutrient to be healthy. They eat only what they need with regard to content as well as amount, which means if they don’t need it, they don’t eat it.
A chimp’s natural diet consists of approximately 75 percent healthy carbohydrates, 20 percent healthy fats and about 5 percent healthy protein. Three-quarters of your plate should be mostly fruits with some veggies—or to be more exact—25 percent fruit, 25 percent berries and 25 percent veggies. Then one-tenth would be nuts and about one-fifth seeds. As with many fruits and veggies, the way to derive the greatest amount of nutrition is to eat them raw.
Scott Joseph authored The Chimp Diet, a must-read for delving deeper into this fascinating way of getting optimal nutritional value for ultimate health. The book covers how one-million species can’t be wrong, how we walked away from our natural diet, what chimps know that we don’t know, things you should never put in your mouth, and how to eat like you should—like a chimp.
Scott’s company Chimp Food offers a 16-ounce food “drink” that closely mimics the super healthy diet of chimps. It’s 100 percent real, raw, whole food, selected and portioned according to Mother Nature. Everything is pureed and blended, so more nutrients can be absorbed. All the peels, skins and seeds are included. For more information, visit ChimpFood.com.