But I did read something at lunch that totally grossed me out and made me glad that my lunch was a salad and not a stir-fry. It was a story about how cooked food has more energy than raw food, and one of the reasons is that cooking breaks stuff down and makes it more accessible to our digestive system. So far, so good; nothing in there to make me regret reading it. Then comes a comment from one of the researchers behind the study, who described cooking in this way: "We can think of it as externalizing part of the digestive process.” To which I reply, “Ew.” And immediately think of that villain on X-Files who ate women by covering their bodies in digestive juices to make them easier to ingest. Call me old fashioned, but I want my digestion to take place in my stomach, the way Evolution intended.
The article had a shocking number of comments. I thought the insane people who make insane comments on
CBC.ca would be too busy
writing inappropriate and/or offensive comments on the stories about child
murders to bother commenting on a science story. I was wrong. I didn’t read
many of them (not good for my health), but there was one (I assume) vegetarian
who was endearingly excited about some new doc about how meat is bad for you
and the environment. The [sic]-worthy
bit that really grabbed me was how s/he promises: “This films explains all the
sciences of it!” They also claimed that
the meat industry will never allow it to air on TV. I don’t know how true that
is, given how big “TV” is nowadays and the fact that most cable channels will
air pretty much anything. But anyway….what was my point?