Category Archives: Traditional Diets

Iran’s Traditional Foods

A Heritage Worth Renewing Mention Persia (modern-day Iran) in everyday conversation, and you will likely evoke immediate images of Persia’s rich cultural heritage—ornate woven carpets or the elegant poetry of Rumi, for example. However, Iran also deserves to be known and celebrated for its rich and varied traditional cuisine. In the past, traditionally prepared itemsContinue Reading

Fermented Fish Foods

Traditional Fermented Fish Products Fermented foods currently comprise approximately one-third of the human diet globally. In traditional diets, cereal grains, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and fish are all fermented using various methods as a way to preserve food and to improve its nutritional quality. Fermentation of fish is an ancient practice. It hasContinue Reading

To Gluten or Not to Gluten?

Rethinking the Gluten-Free Craze “After a while the young man sat up and looked at the heavens, at the twinkling white stars, and then away across the shadows of round hills in the dusk. …The dreaming hills with their precious rustling wheat meant more than even a spirit could tell. Where had the wheat comeContinue Reading

Northern Roots of the Ancient Grains

The legend of the North is deep and enchanting, wrote famous Russian painter and mystic Nicolas Roerich about northern Russia. “Northern winds are brisk and merry. Northern lakes are wistful. Northern rivers are silvery. Faded forests are sagacious. Green hills are worldly-wise. Grey stones laid in circles are full of magic. We are still lookingContinue Reading

Old World Traditions Thrive in Modern Romania

“What I like about Romania is its timeless character found in childhood fairy tales. It feeds the soul and heart. This is what Romania does to you after all.” – Charles, Prince of Wales Why is Prince Charles buying old, traditional houses in Transylvania, Romania so that he can frequently visit this time-forgotten place? WhatContinue Reading

Differences Between the Weston A. Price Foundation Diet and the Paleo Diet

We are posting this information to clear up the considerable confusion about the Weston A. Price Foundation dietary principles and the “paleo diet.”  We feel it necessary to do this because we often hear the two diets mentioned together—“the Weston Price Paleo Diet”—and we feel it very important to note that the principles of theseContinue Reading

Save Your Bacon

Sizzling Bits about Nitrites, Dirty Little Secrets about Celery Salt and Other Aporkalyptic News “When you’re in my house you shall do as I do and believe who I believe in. So Bart, butter your bacon.” Homer Simpson Neal Barnard, MD, head of the Physicians Committee for (Ir)Responsible Medicine, tried to round up an armyContinue Reading

The Good Scots Diet

The healthy Scots diet of two hundred years or so ago consisted of a fairly limited bill of fare composed of local foods: oats as chief cereal grain; root vegetables such as turnips and potatoes; leeks, cabbage and kale supplemented by wild vegetables such as nettles, sorrel and garlic; butter, cheese and other dairy products;Continue Reading

Eating by the Seasons in Russia

Like all great national cuisines, the Russian tradition developed as a unique response to its climate, geography and history. Over the centuries its culinary richness evolved as it absorbed and then transformed the influences brought by trade with Western Europe and the Orient, as well as through foreign invasion and its own territorial expansion. TheContinue Reading

What Can the Diet of Gorillas Tell Us About a Healthy Diet for Humans?

One of the arguments proffered by vegetarians is that our primate ancestors were vegetarians and, to be healthy, we should eat the same kind of diet. An article entitled “The Western Lowland Gorilla Diet Has Implications For the Health of Humans and Other Hominids,” which appeared in a recent issue of Human and Clinical Nutrition,Continue Reading

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