Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Oh, those PRIMITIVE Africans!
As a dentist and nutritionist, Dr. Weston Price was very into bones.
In the 1930s, he went traveling to study health, dental health, and the diet of traditional societies around the world.
He found that in terms of bones and teeth, the healthiest people were six tribes in sub-Saharan Africa, who ate a lot of meat, milk, and blood (yikes!) of cows. These tribes were cattle herders and were completely free of cavities. There was 0% tooth decay, and they had straight teeth and bones. (You think these cattle herders were injecting their cows with hormones?)
The traditional peoples would put a lot of effort in obtaining nutrient-rich fish, eggs, and other animal foods for their pregnant women.
Of these tribes, the Dinkas from Sudan were claimed the healthiest, and their diet consisted of mostly fish and cereal grains.
Dr. Price also found that the societies that had switched over to the "civilized" diet of sugar, white bread, alcohol, canned vegetables, etc. suffered from much dental and skeletal defects, like dental caries and jaw malformations.)
Hmm, maybe being a little "primitive" isn't so bad after all!
Check out Food and Our Bones, AnneMarie Colbin