So you’re wondering “what should I eat”? The best diet plan starts with clean, traditional foods. Our ancestors consumed traditional diets rich in animal foods; many were high in saturated fat. Some peoples, such as the Alaskan Inuit and the East African Maasai, still consume these traditional, high-fat diets, and both groups have the lowest rates of coronary heart disease (and other diseases) in the world.
Some low-fat proponents say these paradoxical groups have some genetic factor that predisposes them to lower cholesterol, but if you follow Maasai or Inuit individuals who move to cities and change their diets, their cholesterol levels rise and they develop heart disease and diabetes just like the rest of us, so the genetic theory does not hold up.
If fat, and in particular, saturated fat were the killer our current nutritional authorities would have us believe, the human race would have died off long ago from rampant atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.
Here’s the general concept of traditional diet plans:
The best diet for health and longevity includes the consumption of clean, whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients. In societies across the world, traditional diets weren’t all the same but most included:
- Organic grass-fed meat.
- Free-range poultry and organic eggs.
- Organically grown vegetables and fruit.
- Wild-caught, fresh seafood.
- Organic, whole, raw milk, cream, butter, and other dairy products from grass-fed ruminants.
- Properly prepared whole nuts and seeds.
- Cold-pressed natural oils such as olive, coconut and palm oils.
- Occasionally, raw honey, stevia or organic maple syrup is used as a sweetener.
The problem with modern diet plans is that they are full of polluted, processed foods. Most of the commercial meat, chicken, and milk that you buy in the grocery store come from animals that have been fed genetically engineered grains and injected with antibiotics and growth hormones. The grains, vegetables, and fruit have been sprayed heavily with pesticides, or genetically modified to increase yields.
Truly organic foods are clean, and the majority of the foods you eat should be whole foods packed with nutrition.
If you want the best diet for better health, strive for a way of eating that reduces carb consumption, increases the number of whole foods and beneficial nutrients you consume, and avoid processed foods which are high in chemicals, preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMO), and other food additives.
(If you really want to scare yourself about the number of chemicals the average person ingests, read a book called The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health by Randall Fitzgerald.)