Dr. Weston A. Price was a dentist who set out on a 10-year journey around the world in the 1920s to study the nutrition and lifestyle of a healthiest populations – of isolated populations (e.g. the Arctic population of the Eskimos, Maasai from eastern Africa, Swiss mountain people, Aborigines etc.). These populations were characterized by straight teeth without caries and the absence of “civilization diseases” such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. The cause was a traditional nutrition.
The book describes the diet of more than ten isolated nations.
- The Eskimo diet was based on fish, fish eggs, whale organs, and seal oils.
- The Peruvians diet was a high carbohydrate based on potatoes, tubers called oca and other root vegetables. Proteins were consumed from the meat of llamas and guinea pigs.
- On the contrary, the Massai diet of great cattle breeders was lowcarbohydrate diet. They consumed everything they could get from their animals – meat, milk and blood.
Although these populations differed in their choice of food (according to local conditions) and hence in the proportion of consumed macro-nutrients, their diets were similar: they ate high nutrient-dense foods of high quality.
These populations consumed meat, eggs and milk that came from free-range animals. Cereal grains and pulses were soaked, sprouted or fermented before consumption because these processing methods make the nutrients in these foods more easily absorbed.
This book shows only a light view into the traditional nutrition of several isolated populations. For more information on this issue, read the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price, in which he describes his research findings. I am also preparing for it.