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What Do Olives and Acorns Have in Common?

The Answer: they are both rich in a healthful monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) called oleic acid. Consumption of oleic acid has been linked to decreases in blood pressure and LDL cholesterol (both of which benefit cardiovascular health). Further, MUFAs normalize blood clotting and benefit insulin levels. Olive oil is approximately 75% oleic acid (the remaining [...]

Traits of Hunter-Gatherer Diets

Hunter-gatherers serve as wonderful models for examining the food habits of humans. Not only has hunting and gathering been practiced since long before anatomically modern humans appeared, but the people that practiced this method of food acquisition represented some of the healthiest people on the planet (those that were still consuming their traditional diets and [...]

The Zen of Cheap Stuff

Most everyone recognizes that there is truth to saying “you get what you pay for”. For the most part, cheaper products don’t function as well as higher priced goods. Further, products made with cheaper materials don’t last as long and are more likely to be defective and/or break sooner than the higher priced items. In [...]

Domestication and the Concurrent Loss of Responsibility

If people were to examine the lives of wild animals, they would clearly see that these organisms are responsible for every aspect of their lives—acquiring nutrition, keeping warm, avoiding predators, rearing young, and so on. If we contrast this with farm animals, we see a completely different existence. Domesticated animals do not need to secure [...]

The Super Food That Grows In Our Back Yard

I used to marvel as I walked through the aisles of natural food stores—the shelves were full of the most amazing, healthful foods from all over the world. Just read the labels, they speak to the astonishing benefits of these foods, ranging from antioxidants to vitamins to flavonoids to minerals. The labels also speak to [...]

Muted Consumer Awareness

Indigenous people relied on their awareness for everyday survival. They needed to open their senses up—all of them—extending them as far out into their environment as they could in order to find resources they needed and keep distance between those animals (or other people) that could harm them. Today, as domesticated people, our urban existence [...]

Venison, By Any Name, Is A Real Food

Venison (pictured) is the meat from a deer. It represents a wild food that is still part of many rural people’s diet in the northeast (and elsewhere). Venison, called otuhkey (pronounced uh-DOO-kay) by one indigenous group of Maine, is a red meat that presents a different flavor than beef. Some describe it as “gamey”, though [...]

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