|Black House on Isle of Harris (by Kevin Donner)|
|Korean thatched roof house (초과집)|
In his study of these people, Price notes the excellent health of those still eating the primitive diet of oats and fish along with the poor health of those who have switched to eating modern refined foods, imported from the mainland. He found one area were those on a traditional diet had 0.7% evidence of tooth decay and those on the modern diet had 16.3% tooth decay. Here is the diet he observed in the healthy:
A dietary program competent to build stalwart men and women and rugged boys and girls is provided by the residents of these barren Islands, with their wind and storm-swept coasts, by a diet of oats used as oatcake and oatmeal porridge; together with fish products, including some fish organs and eggs. p.53And the diet of those with tooth decay:
A seriously degenerated stock followed the displacement of this diet with a typical modern diet consisting of white bread, sugar, jams, syrup, chocolate, coffee, some fish without livers, canned vegetables, and eggs. p.53I'm beginning to see a pattern here... a nutrient dense, limited set of foods, prepared in traditional ways gives practically perfect health; whereas the refined foods of modern industry give way to poor health and disease. That much seems clear. I'm interested to find out if there is any safe level of refined foods. I mean, is it okay to eat a sugary donut once a week, or ice cream once a month? Or perhaps only at holidays? Or is the answer that one should never have these foods? I think another way of putting that last question might be: are these foods poisonous?