The Ancestral Diet

The Ancestral Diet Youtube video (opens in a new tab). What is the Ancestral Diet? This is explained well and thorougly by Chris Knobbe. He has spent many years doing independent research, investigating the root cause of the modern western diseases, among which are obesity, diabetes, cancers, autoimmune diseases, dementia like Alzheimer’s disease and many more. The Youtube video linked above is one of the best interviews I have seen with Chris Knobbe. It has some focus on age related macular degeneration (AMD), but also a lot of other things.

In a nutshell, to become well and maintain health with the ancestral diet, remember these simple steps:

  • Avoid all vegetable oils
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Minimize eating at restaurants
  • Bring lunch boxes to work

The above steps explained in more detail:

  • Avoid all vegetable oils, especially seed oils. Including olive oil and avocado oils. But tropical oils like coconut oil and palm oils is OK (they contain only a small amount of Omega 6/Linoleic acid).
  • Avoid processed foods. Meaning foods in a package containing added sugar, refined flour and vegetable oil.
  • Minimize eating at restaurants/fast food chains. All are using cheap vegetable oils in the cooking. If they use expensive butter they will make less money, so why should they?
  • Bring lunch boxes to work: cook your food at home, so you know exactly what’s in the food. In addition to avoiding the vegetable oils, you will also avoid a bunch of different chemical additives.

In addition to the above, cook with natural animal fats, like butter, ghee and beef tallow (rendered fat from a cow). They contain fat soluble vitamins A, D and K2. No need to avoid healthy, saturated (and delicious!) animal fats. Except lard (fat from pork), and also to avoid pork in general and chicken. Why? Because pork and chicken NOT raised on their natural ancestral diet will contain a lot of omega 6/linoleic acid.

High carb/low fat or low carb/high fat? According to historical data and studies on different ancestral populations (lookup Weston A. Price) both work fine. Even a mix of them will probably work fine, as long as you follow the basic steps of an ancestral diet and avoid the vegetable oils and processed foods. But a diet without any animal foods/animal fats will likely cause problems in the long run. It will be difficult to get all the required fat soluble vitamins in sufficient amounts, which will cause deficiencies and problems like tooth decay.

I would like to recommend the latest book by Chris Knobbe and Suzanne Alexander, "The Ancestral Diet Revolution". This can be bought from Amazon, both as a paper book and a digital Kindle version. I have read it and highly recommend it. There’s a lot of references to studies and data. One of the most important diagrams from the book (in my opinion) is the one which you can see below. Notice that despite the sugar consumption has been rising for many years, the obesity did not increase. But when the vegetable oils started to be consumed, the obesity started to rise. Also note that when the sugar consumption started to decline the vegetable oils continued to rise, and obesity too. Sugar and oils vs obesity