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On the Benefits of Ancient Diets
The fact that man is an OMNIVOROUS HUNTER-GATHERER is sometimes taken as an argument that western foods would be without adverse health effects. But then an important point is missed: For a typical Westerner at least 70% of calories are provided by foods that were practically unavailable during human evolution, namely dairy products, oils, margarine, refined sugar and cereals. These typical western foods are low in minerals, vitamins and soluble fibre but high in fat and salt. There is much evidence indicating that some of these dietary factors are important causes of common western disorders like CORONARY HEART DISEASE, STROKE and DIABETES which furthermore appear absent or rare in populations pursuing a traditional subsistence lifestyle. Every traditional population so far studied has, after adopting the western lifestyle, developed a more or less typical western morbidity pattern where cardiovascular diseases play the dominant role.
Fully developed ATHEROSCLEROSIS of the coronary vessels of the heart is part of normal ageing in westernized populations but has not been demonstrated in other free-living mammals. Every studied case of mature atherosclerosis in animals (laboratory animals, domestic swine etc) has been proceeded by a diet which is not eaten by the animal in its natural context. Among lifestyle interventions it is only dietary changes that has been shown to lead to regression of atherosclerosis.
It is apparently only in westernized humans that ageing is accompanied by increased WEIGHT and BLOOD PRESSURE as well as several other alterations.
CANCER rates may have been low due to a high intake of fruits and vegetables which apparently prevent some common forms of cancer in western populations.
Expectedly, hunter-gatherers would furthermore be protected from OSTEOPOROSIS, another modern epidemic, since their lifestyle implies lots of walking, much sunlight and plenty of vegetables fairly rich in calcium that was highly available due to the low cereal intake. The low sodium intake would probably minimize renal losses of calcium. Some data indicate higher bone mass in ancient human skeletons, although osteoporotic fractures are commonly found in archeological Eskimo skeletons.
As for children, the possible absence of RICKETS in preagricultural skeletons, its apparent increase during medieval urbanization and its epidemic explosion during industrialism can hardly be explained only in terms of decreasing exposure to sunlight. An additional possible cause is an increasing inhibition of calcium absorption by phytate from cereals which took increasingly greater part during the Middle Ages, and since old methods of reducing the phytate content such as dampening and heat-treatment may have been lost during the emergence of large-scale cereal processing.
IN CONCLUSION, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, rickets and other common western diseases can probably to a large extent be prevented by diets resembling those of hunter-gatherers.