Chimps & Bonobos Prefer Cooked Food?!

Humans are the only animals to cook their food? Not so! And you’d think chimps, when given the choice between raw and cooked foods, automatically chose raw? Let’s find out!

Chimpanzees and Bonobos are our closest living relatives (we share about 99% of our DNA). Raw food gurus often cite this fact to show that most natural diet for humans is a fully raw diet. But when given the choice between cooked or raw carrots and sweet potatoes, the chimps preferred the cooked options.

Read the entire study from the Journal of Human Evolution (pdf): https://evolutionaryanthropology.duke.edu/uploads/assets/Wobber%20et%20al_%202008_%20Great%20apes%20prefer%20cooked%20food(1).pdf

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