Seven thousand years ago in ancient Egypt there were northern Egyptians and southern Egyptians who were essentially genetically similar. The northerners began farming and agriculture and lived off a diet mainly consisted of grain. The southerners were hunter-gatherers, having a traditional diet living off of game meat, fish, and vegetables. When you look at the mommies, the northerners’ mouths were filled with rotten teeth, while the southerners had nearly perfect teeth.
Dr. Weston Price, dentist and author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, studied primitive populations to better understand tooth decay. He found that the population that ate a diet dependent on their environment had flawless teeth, well-proportioned bodies, perfect skin, shining hair, clear eyes and pleasant dispositions. Whole, real, natural foods were the key to their robust health and it affected the next generation. Traditional diets were 30-80% fat from animal proteins, fish, shellfish, eggs, organ meats, gelatin-rich bone broths.
Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, uncovered similar findings. The archaeological records of ancient humans with grain-focused diets had:
- ill health
- showed high rates of infectious disease
- had more childhood mortality
- shorter life spans
- bone-mineral disorders
- jaws that were too small for their teeth
Grains are metabolized to sugars rapidly in the body, leading to increased insulin levels.
The truth about grains. We can survive without GRAINS!
If we want to live long, healthy lives then we should not have grain-focused diets.