Why Can We Eat Steak Raw (but not chicken)? Why Do We Have to Cook Food? | SHE-ensya Why Series

Hello Science Fans!

Why can we eat salads raw, but we need to cook potatoes?

Why can steak be served “rare” but not chicken?

Why do we have to cook food anyway?

In this episode of the SHE-ensya Why series, we look at the science of digestion. We look at the different parts of the digestive system and give an overview of their function.

We also compare the process of digesting plant food versus meat, and see the differences between how food is processed in herbivores, carnivores, and in our own stomachs. Here we will see why our digestive system is not necessarily equipped to eat ONLY plants or to eat ONLY meat.

We look at intestine lengths, stomach acidities, and mechanisms to battle bacteria! And finally, we discuss how cooking becomes part of this intricate process.

Food is our primary source of nutrition, so we should learn more about its processes!

The SHE-ensya why series will dissect some of our most head scratching why questions, teasing out the scientific principles from historical records, conspiracy theories and mass media. 

So join us in this episode, and figure out if cooking is really necessary.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!


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