My hypothesis is that some traditional diets are more satisfying to the body than others.
Therefore, folk who eat these diets are less vulnerable to getting addicted to modern society food.
And on the other side, some diets are stronger in their resistance against modern foods.
Have you any DATA, links or experiences which show some evidence for my hypothesis?
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on December 05, 2011
at 04:45 PM
In most of modern, western society, most food is produced by people or corporations that are looking to maximize profits. The best kind of food to produce if you want to sell as much as possible is food that is addictive. So, addictive foods are naturally going to be prevalent in a society where most food production is done on the basis of maximizing profit.
Compare that to a traditional system where food is produced by those who will eat it or by people who have to live with the direct consequences of that production if it affects the health of themselves, their neighbors, or their land. If you're producing your own food, the best kind of food to produce (or hunt or gather) is food that requires as little processing as possible, is nutrient dense so you don't have to eat as often, is sustainable so you can rely upon it for as long as possible, and that helps you maintain a state of health in which you can do all of the other stuff you have / want to do.
This isn't meant to be some kind of anti-capitalist rant, but it just makes sense to me that a market-based economy is going to have more addictive products to offer, because just about all of its economic activity is some attempt to get other people to desire what you produce. That's not true in a subsistence-based economy.
So that's my back of the envelope, two-cent theory.
on December 06, 2011
at 12:35 AM
You know, I'm not sure liking or disliking, or being addicted/not addicted, is necessarily causative in whether traditional societies might switch their diets.
Have they been dominated or conquered? They might not control their diet any more.
Do they distrust/fear strangers? They might keep moving away from "civilization."
Is their traditional game and plant habitat still available? If it's been destroyed their only options are to eat new stuff or move to an area that's still undisturbed.