Traditional Diet

(drawn from the work of Weston A. Price)
by Susan A.Smith

  1. The diets of healthy primitive and non-industrialized people contained no refined or denatured foods, such as refined sugar or corn syrup, white flour, canned foods, pasteurized and homogenized skim or low-fat milk, refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils, protein powders, artificial vitamins, or toxic additives and colorings.
  2. All traditional cultures consumed some sort of animal protein and fat from fish and other seafood, water and land fowl, land animals, eggs, milk and milk products, reptiles and insects.
  3. Primitive diets contained at least four times the calcium and other minerals and ten times the fat-soluble vitamins from animal fats (vitamin A and D and what we call the Price Factor). This would actually be a much bigger discrepancy today, as we have cut the animals fats out of our diet.
  4. In all traditional cultures, some animal products were eaten raw, be it raw fish, raw meat, raw milk, raw cheese. However, not all animal foods were eaten raw. Many times, the meat and fish were cooked by heat or fermentation.
  5. Primitive and traditional diets have a high food-enzyme content from raw dairy products, raw meat and fish, raw honey, tropical fruits, cold pressed oils, wine and unpasteurized beer, and naturally preserved lacto-fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles and chutneys.
  6. Seeds, grains, legumes and nuts were soaked, sprouted, fermented or naturally leavened before being consumed.
  7. Only 4 percent of calories came from polyunsaturated oils naturally occurring in grains, nuts, fish, animal fats and vegetables. The rest of the fat calories came from saturated and monounsaturated fats.
  8. Traditional diets contained nearly equal amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
  9. All primitive diets contain some salt.
  10. Most traditional cultures used gelatin rich meat broth.
  11. Traditional cultures made provisions for the health of future generations by providing special nutrient rich foods for parents-to-be, pregnant women and growing children.

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