Are there any cultures that lack a carb-y staple? If so, how do they fare health wise compared to other culture?

  1. As you can see many people provided examples of Inuits, Mongolians and perhaps other tundra/desert cultures where you cannot grow staple crops reliably but there really seem to be no city-building, complex society culture which would not rely on some sort of starch staple. The reason for that is that to support a large population you need high efficiency, consistent food source. That cannot be hunting or forest plant gathering because there is only that much animals and edible plants in one km2 of forest and if you choose to grow animals for food like cattle, pigs or something else, you need a lot of them too. The only way to grow a large population of animals is to have a large amount of food for them so again that cannot be found in wilderness. But the thing is that the food which those animals are going to eat is the same one which humans can eat too and then it simply makes no sense labor-wise to grow the food which you can eat and give it to animals since you get less energy per work done compared to eating the crops straight away. Hence all the high-population cultures which have arised and persisted rely on some sort starch crop for the most of their energy demands.

  2. Sedentary civilization grew on grain because you can easily and indefinitely store grain. And when you have a food surplus because of that storage, part of your community can begin to specialize in other professions. Boom cities.

  3. Any cultures that lack a carb staple like Inuits whose dieta do primarily consiga of fishes have evolved around these diets, continuing with Inuits it was found that they’re bodies are more resistant to the negative health effects of triglycerides. So they fair we’ll because they’ve adapted to it over time

  4. I can only speak for Sámi but you are correct. Hard to grow much up there except for cloudberries and a few other things and it is quite expensive to get food up there and is often not affordable for the average person. Even though the Nordic countries don’t seem too big and that it shouldn’t be an issue getting food up there, it is actually pretty tough to go north in Norway or Sweden due to mountains, fjords, and weather. Depending on what part of Sápmi, there is definitely a lot more options for food nowadays, but I’d still say its a mostly low carb diet.

  5. The Inuit suffered a deleterious mutation in their fat metabolism likely due to their dietary environment:

  6. Not sure if this counts as a "culture" but raw veganism is on the rise where they Don't eat anything cooked so most starchy ingredients are out of the question. They eat mostly fruit and veg. It's absolutely not recommended and feels like a bit of a cult.

  7. It's really sad seeing some of these women referring to their periods as 'toxic'. Then they rave about losing their periods on raw vegan diets. It's very effective at reducing the body to skin and bone. Anything to stay skinny, apparently.

  8. Aboriginal Australian diet didnt have a huge amount of foods you would consider starchy, there were bush yams and damper that was made from crushing up wild grains and baked in white coals, but majority of the diet consisted of proteins, leafy vegetables, tucker fruits and veges and fish/shellfish.

  9. many nomadic cultures rely heavily on animal products with little plants and mostly no starches. for example inuits of north america rely on whales for blubber and meat as most of their diet. mongolians rely mostly on horses for meat and milk products

  10. Most hunter gather societies live off a meat of some kind. Some examples include inuit, native Americans that didn't grow corn, nomadic cultures as well, and I think the Mediterranean diet is low in carbs, but i cannot remember.

  11. Saladino's entire shtick relies on a worldwide conspiracy against meat. All the leading health bodies and government guidelines banding together to take down the industries that they... subsidize?

  12. First of all fruits are a "carb-y staple." With that out of the way there are only three real ways to get enough calories, that's carbs, fats, and protein, with carbs and fats being a little more energy dense. If you eat a fatty meat you probably could make it by fairly easily. Although I'm guessing it wouldn't be the mostly nutritionally complete diet.

  13. In addition to the inuit and maasai mentioned here there was a study in the past few years about one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in Ecuador. Apparently they eat mainly meat and wild, low-sugar fruits, even specifically avoiding vegetables (no grains, stems, roots, leaves etc). They were in excellent health. So there were carbs involved but not starchy staples as we know them today.

  14. I think everyone has to realize diet is only one influencer of health. We have to stop looking to it to add more health points than the collection of all lifestyle habits together.

  15. Lots of Arctic groups and tribes historically and currently due to how expensive it is to ship food up there and is not realistic for a lot of people up there. Inuit and Saami come to mind first, I’m half Saami and my grandparents and great grandparents never really grew up eating much carbs. The diet was a big transition for them when they moved to the US. From what I know anecdotally in my family, hormone issues are common and carbs can make it worse for us. I had to really lower my carbs and so did a lot of people on that side of my family!

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