This is quite an interesting topic. Do you know that humans are the only animals that consistently cook their foods? This characteristic is inherent in every culture all over the world, from the most developed country in Scandinavia to the most primitive tribes deep in the Amazon rainforest. But when was this trend developed, and why have humans gone from eating raw produce to studying food and beverage management in universities like VUT? Let’s take a look at food sciences and the evolution of food for humanity.
When did we start cooking food?
Scientists have been battling with this question for many years, and while there may be early evidence of a few early hominids cooking their food, it is only quite recently that humans introduced cooking into their everyday traditions and cultures.
Scientists have found evidence of cooking in the Wonder Caves in South Africa. Evidence includes burnt bones and a simple hearth. However, this evidence belonging to early Homo Erectus is considered older than 400 00 years old, and many scientists believe that cooked food had yet to become common cultural practice. The world’s leading primatologists believe that the answers to this question lie in our genetics.