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Author: VeeEnn Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 40833  
Subject: Re: Adkins redux Date: 1/25/2004 6:48 PM
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<<I've read stories of scientists who've studied ethnic groups living above the Arctic circle or in Africa - the Inuit and the Masai I believe they were, who were found to be quite healthy (by common measures) while subsisting entirely on a 100% animal based diet - no carbs whatsoever.

Certainly, these people weren't working white collar desk jobs, LOL.

How do/did they meet their daily energy requirements?>>


"Stories" is an accurate discription for a good bit of what's available regarding the historical diets of isolated tribes and communities. Much of it is somewhat anecdotal recordings from anthropologists, missionaries etc. High on interesting observations but a bit lightweight on real scientific scrutiny of anything that might be attributed to genetic differences in metabolic responses to differing diets etc.

It's darn near impossible these days to study communities using 21st century methods that haven't been "tainted" by the 21st century.

For example, I understand that many Inuits nowadays meet their daily energy requirements from the carbohydrate content of various ethanol concoctions.

I think the real lesson is that, as much as it may stick in the craw of food faddisits everywhere, the human body doesn't need a really ultra fine tuned diet in order to survive (assuming "survival" is all you're interested in) since you can find examples of communities and cultures doing well on any one fashionable nutritional philosophy, be it low carb, low fat or whatever. However, if you don't want to be fat, you shouldn't eat too much of anything. If you notice, all these "primitive" cultures seem to have one thing in common....lack of excess. A low everything diet, in fact.

I think I'll market it.

Nah....I'll die a pauper!
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