Looking at the title of this article, you are probably scratching your head thinking “how can it be”? A lot of Native Americans nowadays are far too often diabetic and/or obese, their diet is far from qualifying as “healthy”. That’s unfortunately the truth. However, this article is about a traditional Native American diet, the diet that was a staple of their culture for hundreds of years. This is really advice modern day Native Americans are saying as well. Kibbe Conti, a nutritionist who works with tribes nationwide, stated:
“It started when Indian people were no longer free to live off the land. After the tribes were placed on reservations, they were fed government rations of processed food. Much of reservation lands could not be farmed. The shift from hunting, gathering and farming to a cash economy in the early 1900s forced family members to leave home in search of work.”
Why You Should Follow a Traditional Native American Diet
When Dr.Weston Price lived among the indigenous people, he noted how healthy they were and that they had an almost complete absence of tooth decay and other dental deformities. So what made them so healthy?
Many tribes preferred broth and herbed beverages to water. Bone broths are very high in minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, etc. They are formed in a way that is easy to absorb. Bone broth also contains valuable nutrients including collagen, gelatin, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glycosamino glycans, proline, glycine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. They promote healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons as well as hair and skin. Native Americans also drank a lot of various teas. Sassafras was a favorite ingredient in teas and medicinal drinks. Sassafras tea was considered to be a blood purifier and the essential oil was used in liniments. Sassafras was refereed to by Spanish explorers as a miracle cure for malaria and symptoms like fever and chills. North American Indian tribes used sassafras as a tonic after labor, to cure venereal diseases, rheumatism and to fight colds and fevers.
As you can you see, a traditional Native American diet was free of refined sugar, white flour, vegetable oils, canned foods, milk and processed foods.
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