Would we really be healthy if we ate like our ancestors did? If you want to know more, read about Jungle Effect Diet.

What Is The Jungle Effect Diet?

Imagine if we were to live like our ancestors did, with no electricity, no communication, no exchange of ideas. The very thought is incomprehensible, what with the technological onslaught that we face every day. If instead of bidding farewell to technology (it is unimaginable!), we were to go back to the past only in terms of our eating habits – like eating only the locally available foods and using only the locally available ingredients? Would our lives be simpler; would we be fitter? According to Dr Daphne Miller, who wrote a book titled The Jungle Effect, depending on naturally available ingredients for cooking is the best way to lose those extra pounds and maintain health and fitness. Now, many of us may be wondering how it is possible to maintain health and ward off all lifestyle ailments just by eating foods available in our region. If you too want to know more about the Jungle Effect diet, read on.
Jungle Effect Diet 

What Is The Jungle Diet?
Medical practitioner Dr Daphne Miller came out with the theory that healthy people ate foods in moderation, foods which did not involve too many ingredients, just like they did in olden days. She did an anthropological study of various cultures in terms of which ones were the least prone to major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, depression, colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer - diseases that are completely avoidable and are a result of lifestyle gone awry. The cultures and areas that showed a low occurrence of such diseases were called the ‘cold zones’. She focused her attention on the traditional foods that were consumed in each of these ‘cold spots’ so as to discover the ingredients and recipes that kept all such avoidable diseases away.

The cold spots were marked according to the disease that was least prevalent in that area. She mapped the food habits and major ingredients that were consumed in those areas and her findings were as follows:
  • Copper Canyon, in Mexico, recorded the least number of cases of diabetes mellitus. The key ingredients in their diet that brought about this resistance were corn, beans, squash, peppers, onions, cilantro, tomato, jicama, nuts of all kinds, avocado.
  • Crete, the famous Greek island, recorded the least number of heart disease patients. They use ingredients like Olive oil, chickpeas, lentils, whole grain pasta, potatoes, fish, red wine, figs, and walnuts and so on, which could have brought about such health.
  • Iceland recorded the least number of patients of depression. According to Dr Miller, the key ingredients in their diet that helped the people keep away depression were fish, flaxseed oil, barley, walnuts, split peas, black tea, beans, cabbage, bilberries and so on.
  • West African nation Cameroon was noted to have has the least number of cases of colon cancer. The ingredients that contributed to keeping away this deadly disease were found to be collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, okra, plantains, beans, nuts, fish, wild poultry, onions, tomato, banana, yogurt and so on.
  • When it came to prostate and breast cancers, Okinawa in Japan was found to have the least number of cases. Dr Miller attributed this trend to the use of tofu, fish, cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brown rice, green tea, sea vegetables, sweet potato, mushrooms, tomato, watermelon, and grapefruit in the regular diet of the Japanese.

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