Acai, Maqui And Many Other Popular Berries That Will Change Your Life And Health. Berries have been demonstrated to be some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Each month or so it seems fresh research is being brought out and new berries are being exposed and analyzed for their health giving attributes.
Anthropologists tell us that man's origin was that of a tree-dweller who was strictly vegetarian, his diet consisting of roots, leaves, berries, fruit and the like. About a million years ago, he came out of the trees onto the plains to become a hunter of prey. Prior to his becoming a land dweller, man's eating habits were those of the monkeys -involving continual nibbling throughout the day. Each individual was entirely responsible for his own survival and for obtaining his own food. As a hunter, however, he needed the co-operation of other individuals to capture large prey, so large co-operative hunting groups were formed. Each group would leave at sunrise to hunt throughout the day and return at dusk with the day's spoils. These were then divided equally among the hunters, who would eat inside a communal cave.
Insects from fur, pluck berries from bushes, and bring food to the mouth. By ca. 2.6 m.y.a., hominids such as Homo habilis used an improved precision grip (i.e., opposed the thumb against the digital pads themselves) to make crude Oldowan stone tools. By ca. 100,000 years ago, early humans used the fully modern precision grip, just as it is employed today (Trinkaus 1992). As a precision cue, precise opposition of the tactile pads suggests that dexterous brain modules have shifted into gear for activities such as problem-solving, planning, tool usage, and thoughtful design.
Usage So successful have fruit substitutes become as edible signs (i.e., as foods suggesting the presence of ripe fruits and berries), that they are as common in the modern diet as fruit itself. A fruit substitute's sweetness usually comes from table sugar (i.e., sucrose), a crystalline carbohydrate which suggests the fruity sweetness offructose (for which--as a nonverbal sign--it stands). Today's fruit substitutes reconnect us to our fruit-eating, primate past Tasty fruit. Fourteen m.y.a., as Miocene primates descended from trees to the terrestrial plain, a powerful appetite for fructose descended with them. Today, combining sweetness with ca. 300 varieties of flavor molecule, strawberries are among the tastiest of real fruits. With ca. 200 flavors, raspberries also delight the tongue. Bananas are less flavorful, yet their 17 sugar content--which ties them for sweetest with Tastykakes . And yet, bananas are still not sweet enough, because it is a peculiarity of our species that we...
Bright colors, floral prints, bold lines, and geometric shapes attract the eye (see BODY ADORNMENT), as do necklaces, bracelets, and watches that gleam in evening's dim (i.e., crepuscular) lights. Designed to spot colorful fruits and berries from a distance, our primate eyes notice feminine necks decorated with strings of round, pigmented beads (which catch eyes and whet a desire to reach out and touch what seems to be edible ). Worn as corsages, flowers designed to lure pollinating insects attract the eye, as well, and tempt our nose with their sweet fragrance.