Are vegetables overrated?

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The five brothers just said they lived to eighty, though they never ate vegetables. So is the principle that vegetables should be eaten five times a day, was nonsense? 

The Campbell brothers from Aberdeen (Scotland) John (91), Jim (88), Colin (85), Sid (82) and Doug (78) in one way or another resisted medical recommendations and despised vegetables in any form. Until then, they were old. 

– It’s a damn thing. I never liked them and I have been avoiding them so far. There is nothing worse than a carrot plate, “John told the newspapers. 

This history shakes the foundations of not only the food pyramid, on the basis of which contemporary recommendations in the field of nutrition are made, but also almost everything that we have believed so far. (…) Let us now look at those who rejected broccoli and other vegetables from their diet and survived to tell about it. 

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Eskimos 

During the exploration of the Arctic at the beginning of the twentieth century, an anthropologist and adventurer Vilhjalmur Stefansson discovered that Eskimosom almost exclusively needed meat and fish. Fruits, vegetables and other carbohydrates accounted for only 2 percent of their daily caloric intake. And yet they looked healthy, suffered less ailments than Westerners and somehow avoided scurvy – against the truth that we are constantly fed, that the way to prevent scurvy are lemons and oranges. Stefansson believed that Eskimos were getting vitamin C from raw or lightly cooked meat. After returning to the West, he tested this theory. Under medical supervision from Bellevue Hospital in New York for one year he remained on a diet based solely on meat – and he also did not get scurvy. Vitamin C can be found in a variety of traditional Eskimo delicacies, which include meat from various marine mammals, caribou stomachs and white walt skin (known as muktuk). They are said to contain as much vitamin C as the orange mentioned above. 

British children up to seven years old 

A national diet and diet study conducted by the Department of the Environment, Nutrition and Rural Affairs showed that most British children do not eat up to half of the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. 20 percent of those surveyed did not eat fruit throughout the whole week of the study (except maybe banana-shaped sweets and fruit delicacies). In addition, in the pre-existing era of obesity and over-processing of food, children are moving away from the natural ingredients of the diet so much that many believe that the carrots come from the sheep, and stories about the young who survived seven early years of their life exclusively on sandwiches and known on the Coco Pops islands, they are not unique. Nevertheless, little miracles still have a great miracle. It seems that nobody has been able to explain it. 

 

Maasai 

Vegetables are almost completely excluded from the Maasai diets living in Kenya and Tanzania. The main source of their food are humped zebu. Instead of eating meat, the Maasai are tasting, however, in the milk and blood of their cattle. Blood is collected by piercing the dangling bag on the neck of the animal with the arrow (the wound remains closed). The blood is mixed with milk and in this way, some disgusting Ovaltine is thought to be obtained. 

Apparently there are some variations of dishes from blood and milk, for example, they can be concentrated so that a mixture of the consistency of scrambled eggs is served, which is served with rice. Perhaps this diet is not a great temptation for the western palate, but it seems that the Maasai do not suffer because of it. The deterioration of the health of the Maasai in recent years can probably be attributed to Ernest Hemingway who in the Green Hills of Africa wrote about acquainting certain tribes with the delights of eating bread, minced meat from cans or plums in a batter. 

Residents of Lötschental, Switzerland 

In the 1930s, a dentist in Ohio, Dr. Weston A. Price, set out on a 10-year expedition. He wanted to check whether the cultures recognized by our proud Western civilization as “primitive, in fact could feed in a way that would allow good health and healthy teeth to be maintained. One of many interesting discoveries of Price was the fact that the rich in dairy products and vegetables poor in the diet of the inhabitants of Lötschental, a distant Swiss village, did not cause almost any cavities in the teeth or diseases of childhood. The villagers used to eat unpasteurized milk, butter, cream and cheese, rye bread, meat from time to time, bone soups and a limited amount of vegetables that they could cultivate during the short summer months. Although the teeth of the children were covered with green goo, at least the little ones did not have to eat Brussels sprouts. You win something, you lose something. 

Dr. Atkins and his supporters 

A few years ago, an adult in eleven was following the Atkins diet, which praises the benefits of a low-carb and high-protein diet model. It’s probably more people than a group of people who have ever consciously eaten asparagus. 

A typical Atkins menu looks as follows: fried eggs and bacon breakfast; chicken lunch with mozzarella; supper fried rump steak with cream; snacks 17 slices of ham, 12 shrimp cocktails, a large piece of brie, a small portion of saturated fat. When it comes to carbohydrates, the Atkins model did not leave much room for vegetables, except for a bit of lettuce for decoration. The diet caused many side effects from halitosis to weight loss. Some of them were more desirable, others less. Dr. Atkins died unfortunately in 2003. It did not have any relation to his diet. He was not lost by the bad breath and constipation associated with this way of eating. The doctor just slipped on the icy pavement and hit his head. 

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Posted on: February 26, 2019

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