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Old 09-04-2008, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default The Victorian Diet.

It appears that the diet of Victorian England was a lot healthier than you'd think with people eating 4000-5000 kcals/day with large amounts of fruit and vegetables and lots freshly made stone ground bread and dripping.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...rian-diet.html
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:26 AM   #2
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It appears that the diet of Victorian England was a lot healthier than you'd think with people eating 4000-5000 kcals/day with large amounts of fruit and vegetables and lots freshly made stone ground bread and dripping.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...rian-diet.html
Better toe the party line, buddy:
"But he cautions: 'Yeasts, including Brewers Yeast-based products and tablets, contain another compound called manno protein, which can trigger problems for anyone suffering gut conditions such as Coeliacs disease."
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:37 AM   #3
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I personally don't think that most food-based yeasts are harmful in the context of a HEALTHY immune system.

I personally know of a child who nearly died of celiac as a toddler--his family changed his diet to GF for a good while, got him healthy again, and now he appears, ten years later (at least to the family), to eat wheat with impunity. That is where I disagree with their assessment, as the child is extremely hyperactive and mildly violent towards his younger brother (which I believe is significantly attributable to his gluten hypersensitivity!).

A strong immune system can do a whole lot.
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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We found that working-class Victorians ate far more than we do to sustain them through long manual working days.
Anyone who works all day can probably eat whatever they want and not suffer from obesity.

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And although this was also the time when duty on sugar imported from the Caribbean was relaxed and confectionery, once a luxury of the upper classes, became more widely available to the working classes, sugar was still rarely consumed.

Consequently, the working classes consumed less-damaging foods, as their diet was far higher in unrefined, fresh foods. This meant that people were healthier.
Longevity from an insulin control point of view was maximized with little processed foods/sugars and a high activity level, also all the fresh foods allowed them a great resource of anti-oxidants and other healthy nutrients for cells to use. I don't know their stress levels either but I am sure most had a solid family structure and usually kept them cheerful. Maximizing cell health is key to living longer...and quality nutrients and maximum detoxification and repair/rebuilding is all part of that process. They seemed to do a good job with their lifestyle.
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