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Explain the Okinawan, Sardinian and Ikarian diets success?

Answered on July 18, 2018
Created July 06, 2018 at 6:11 PM

How do you explain the Okinawans almost 80% carbohydrate diets, yellow, orange and green vegetables and actually not a lot of rice, but instead purple sweet potatoes? Yes they eat pork and fish, but small portions. They also have one of the longest recorded history, meticulously recorded since the 1800's, so data that can be confirmed. Yet they're longevity and health is unquestionably one of the best in the world, including lowest rates of cancer? I can't seem to find any articles in this blog referring to the Okinawans, is it because it blows huge holes in your modality? Or what of the Sardinians or Ikarians? Very similar in diets and very similar in longevity and overall health?

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on July 18, 2018
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I agree with you that the Okinawan diet and similar examples from the Blue Zones are worth considering and perhaps emulating. Ancestral health and low carb are not the same, though many of paleo's most vocal advocates are also LC. If you look at videos from the Ancestral Health Symposium, you will see some presentations that are critical of low carb dogma.

I think that most preindustrial societies ate a lot less food, regardless of macros. Much of the epidemic of diseases of affluence are due to people eating too much food and getting fat. Eating less food is probably the most important step for the average person, and even if this or that macronutrient profil is suboptimal, just having a healthy percentage of bodyfat will avoid most of the problems. If some people have a hard time eating less steak, but they can cut out potatoes and rice, cutting carbs is better than continuing to overeat.

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