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Darwin-L Message Log 8:96 (April 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<8:96>From buchignani@hg.uleth.ca  Wed Apr 27 08:51:06 1994

Date: Wed, 27 Apr 1994 07:03:09 MST
From: Norman Buchignani <buchignani@hg.uleth.ca>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: RE: Vitamin C and "need"

It is interesting that current (archaeic, if that isn't an oxymoron)
nutritionist ideologies have swayed us so powerfully to assume that
fruit eating was the key here. A pound of broccoli has 3-400 mg of
vit. c; 400 for brussels sprouts; 200 mg for cabbage, etc. Peaches have
about 30 mg; pears, 20 mg; oranges, 1-200 mg. Even gree onions, at 160 mg,
are comparable with many fruit.

Thus the veggie hypothesis: our ancestors were in fact consuming large
quantities of relatively low calorie vegetables in order to maintain
their calory intakes. The incidental result was a very high intake
of vitamin C--far higher than achievable by episodically available
fruit.

Norman Buchignani
Anthropology
University of Lethbridge

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