If so, read the interesting essay by Dr. Georgia Ede on the health of traditional heavy meat-eating cultures such as the Masai and Inuits.
Of the Canadian Eskimos of a century ago, Dr. Ede writes:
Their diets were therefore extremely low in fiber most of the time, and very high in animal protein and animal fat. These traditional ways of eating would terrify the USDA, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, not to mention the Harvard School of Public Health, which remains a staunchly anti-meat, anti-saturated fat, anti-cholesterol institution. How in the world did these uninformed fringe types manage to get all their vitamins and minerals without the heaping helpings of colorful fruits, vegetables, and whole grains without which we are told we shall surely perish?
Weren’t they cancer-riddled, heart-clenching, constipated, fat slobs who died young from scary deficiency diseases like rickets and scurvy?
This post was not designed to provide an airtight argument for meat and health, but I do hope that it has at least prompted those of you who remain skeptical about meat to rethink what you’ve been led to believe. If you’ve got a hankerin’ for more information about meat and health, take a look at my meat page.
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Rosemary Chicken (garnished with pico de gallo) and Rosemary Potatoes
The nightshade family includes tomatoes, peppers, potatoes (not sweet potatoes or yams), eggplant, goji berries, and even tobacco. Anecdotal reports indicate that consumption of these either cause or aggravate certain chronic medical conditions, such as arthritis, chronic fatigue, or irritable bowel syndrome.
Georgia Ede, M.D., has an article on medical effects of nightshades at her website. The potentially offensive chemicals in nightshades are called glycoalkaloids. I looked into this issue when deciding whether to include potatoes in my version of the paleo diet. (They’re included).
Dr. Ede’s writes:
As with any food sensitivity, the only way to find out is to remove nightshades from your diet for a couple of weeks or so to see if you feel better. There are ZERO scientific articles about nightshade sensitivity, chronic pain, or arthritis in the literature, however, the internet is full of anecdotal reports of people who have found that nightshades aggravate arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other chronic pain syndromes.
I bet I could eat a couple potatoes and tomatoes every day without ill effect. And there’s Chris Voigt, head of the Washington State Potato Commission, famous for his 60-day potato diet. As they say, your mileage may vary.
Some of the nightshades, such as potatoes, supply a major carbohydrate load that can spike blood sugars too high in many diabetics. Be careful. And use your home glucose monitor.
Steve Parker, M.D.