The Search for the Perfect Diet
Dr. Weston Price lived in the right time, and had the right resources, to travel all over the world in search of the secret to health. This highly-respected dental researcher focused on discovering why some groups of people had amazing health.
It was common knowledge at the time that indigenous peoples rarely, or never, had cavities in their teeth. Dr. Price went to some of the most remote areas in the world to investigate. He observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, and overall excellent health in those groups of people who ate their indigenous foods.
He also found when these people were introduced to modern foods (such white flour, sugar, refined vegetable oils, and canned goods) signs of degeneration quickly became quite evident.
Why Are Traditional Diets Superior?
Dr. Price documented this ancestral wisdom including hundreds of photos in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
So the short answer is avoid modern processed foods. I am sure you have already heard that before – so here is the shocker you haven’t heard.
Dr. Price took samples of the foods the people ate and had them analyzed for nutritional content. A simple and stunning result was that the indigenous diets contained 4 to 10 times as much nutrition as a typical modern diet.
Let me state that again.
The healthiest people in the world eat 4 to 10 times the nutrition of our modern Western diet.
Infographic: What Happened to Our Food – A Timeline
Where Did Our Nutrition Go?
Most Americans today don’t even eat half of the RDAs (recommended daily allowances), which are popularly believed to constitute a nutritious diet.
It is well established that the nutritional content of foods grown by conventional agribusiness has been declining for many decades. When I was a kid in the 60s, I remember the grown-ups saying that the vegetables just didn’t taste right anymore. Their comments reflected the loss of nutrition – even back then.
Currently, there are very few foods in the supermarkets or restaurants that have any significant nutrition in them.
Bringing Nutrition Back to Your Diet
So can you afford to be healthy? The primary sources for nutritionally dense foods are dedicated, local, small farmers; or growing it yourself. I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that even the cheap, bad food in the supermarkets is getting expensive.
Buying everything I need from farmers markets or reputable small growers costs a lot more than I can afford. So, as you would expect from a company with the name “The Grow Network,” we strongly recommend that you get growing in your backyard.
And stay tuned to our newsletter, our blog, and our free library. We will have even more ideas for producing quality food at a reasonable price coming up soon!
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.