What about those eating more animal foods in the wild? The Eskimos, the Laplanders, the Greenlanders and the Russian Kurgi tribes are the populations with the highest basic red meat or animal flesh consumption in the world. They are also among the populations with the lowest life expectancies, often dying when they are barely 30 years old. Inuit Greenlanders, with very limited access to fruits and vegetables, have the worst longevity statistics in North America, usually dying about 10 years younger and with a higher rate of cancer than the overall Canadian population.
Eskimos are a great example of a high animal protein diet
Eskimos also eat vast amounts of calcium but because of their high-animal-protein diet, they suffer exceptionally high incidence of osteoporosis. They ingest around 2,000mg of calcium daily through their fish bone intake yet because of the high protein intake, they have weak bones. African Bantu women ingest around 350mg of calcium per day and have near zero levels of bone breakage, hip fractures or osteoporosis. All on a low calcium and low animal protein diet.
The Okinawan people are a great example of a low animal protein diet
The strong boned Okinawan centenarians have 20% fewer hip fractures than the Japanese and they eat calcium-rich vegetables and fermented soy products like natto, which contain vitamin K for bone building1-2. Okinawa has 670 centenarians per million people and nearly 0% obesity. Over 97% of Okinawans are disability-free. Okinawans have 20%-25% of our heart disease colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer and they do not suffer the plague of obesity, diabetes, depression or mental disorders. Okinawans historically have eaten almost zero dairy products.
Researchers in Michigan State and other major universities, in March, 1983, reported in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition the results of one of the largest studies ever carried out in the US on bone health and diet. They found, by the age of 65 in the United States:
- Vegetarian men had an average measurable bone loss of 3%
- Meat-eating men had an average measurable bone loss of 7%
- Vegetarian women had an average measurable bone loss of 18%
- Meat-eating women had an average measurable bone loss of 35%
1. The ‘1976 to present day’ Okinawa Centenarian Study (OCS) is an ongoing population-based study of centenarians and other selected elderly, in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa that began in 1975. Ages are validated through the koseki, the Japanese family registration system. At the baseline exam a full geriatric assessment is performed, including physical exam and activities of daily living. ince the onset of the OCS, limited information on the demographics of the entire centenarian population of Okinawa has been collected and full assessments of a sub-sample of 900-plus centenarians have been performed.
2. Study by S. Mizushima et al., “The relationship of dietary factors to cardiovascular diseases among Japanese in Okinawa and Japanese immigrants, originally from Okinawa, in Brazil” as published in Hypertension Research 1992, 15:45-55.
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