You’re in luck, because I’m a dietitian that actually did an extensive research on the Inuit diet.

The reason why you don’t want to compare your own diet to the Inuit one is because they developed over centuries a special gene called CPT1A gene. This mutation permitted them to not reach the ketoacidosis state and therefore adapt to a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. But it came at the cost of higher infant mortality. And by the way, according to scientific studies, their life expectancy is pretty low and they do develop cardiovascular diseases. The reason why many think they have a good diet is based on the observation of the first scientist that ever studied them. It was later discovered that his studies were actually biased and they used the wrong methodology, however he did start the conversation on Omega-3. So in the end he did something right, but not everything.

Regarding the food pyramid, I think there is a lot of confusion between complex and simple carbs. The pyramid is actually trying to describe your vision, which is 65% of unprocessed, natural products = complex carbs. But many interpret it in the wrong way.

For example, the Harvard pyramid suggests 65% of your daily intake as fruits, vegetables, healthy oils and whole grains = complex carbs

They refined, sugary carbs should be only around 5%. = simple carbs.

I hope it makes sense 🙂

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