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Neanderthals: Veggie Eating Role Models

Did veggies go down here?

The popular conception of neanderthals involves caves, knuckle-dragging and red meat. More red meat than you can shake one of their clubs at. And the meat part isn’t just popular conception. It had been mired in science, too. It was believed that Neanderthals didn’t eat vegetables because previous chemical analyses of Neanderthal bones revealed no traces of vegetables.

But a new study seems to prove that the old ones were inaccurate.

According to an article posted on Time Magazine‘s website just a couple of hours ago, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that we may have incorrectly characterized Cave Men as meat-only-eating brutes. Turns out they might have been getting their asparagus on, too.

Well, maybe not asparagus, but at least some type of veggie. You see, this study actually found fossilized vegetable grains in the teeth of Neanderthals. And what’s more, some of the grains appeared to have been cooked. Seems like these savages were a bit more sophisticated than originally thought. So we’ve been short changing them all these years—kinda like those cave men guys in the Geico commercials.

Neanderthals actually ate their vegetables. Now, if only they could talk my kids into eating theirs.

Wait a minute. Maybe they can. Just think what those Geico cave-men guys could do with a little push from Michelle Obama. Together they could create a whole new wave of commercials as part of the first Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative, which focuses on healthy habits for kids. Only instead of getting frustrated by hearing the phrase “so easy, even a cave man could do it,” they’d get frustrated by being offered meat-only dishes at various eating establishments in spite of their insistence on having, say, artichoke hearts.

See, by wanting vegetables, but never actually getting them, they’ll make our kids want them, too. I mean, if those guys can talk us into buying car insurance, surely they can talk our kids into appreciating the merits of steamed broccoli. Right?

Okay, maybe it’s a bit far-fetched. But wouldn’t it be fun to see an ad campaign rallying around this discovery? One that champions the importance of kids eating their carrots, peas and maybe even spinach? Not only do I think it’d be fun, I think it would also be effective.

But maybe it’s just me. Though our kids do pretty well with their veggies, we’re starting to get a little resistance with our three year olds. And we’re always looking for new angles. Maybe through this interesting discovery, we’ll somehow find one.

What do you think about this new discovery? Any way to leverage it into talking our kids into eating their vegetables?

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