We base our healthy eating guidelines on the foods that were eaten in traditional cultures where the natives lived long, healthy and productive lives on their native diet as described by Dr. Weston A. Price in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. His work is especially interesting because he documented (both in writing and in pictures) the health traits and diets of many indigenous populations back in the 1920's when native populations, untainted by "modernization", still existed.
While Dr. Price's work cannot be reproduced today - because these cultures no longer exist - current research has confirmed many of his findings scientifically. Of special interest, the "X-factor" that he identifies as being present in rapidly growing green grass is believed to be vitamin K2. Especially powerful in his work are the pictures that compare and contrast the facial bone structure and teeth of native people following their native diet and native people who have started consuming a more "civilized" diet that contained processed foods.
It is especially important for couples that are trying to conceive, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and growing children follow our healthy eating guidelines. Why? They have the greatest need for nutrient dense food. Many native cultures reserved the most prized food for pregnant women and growing children. For in depth information about why it is especially important for unborn babies, children and nursing moms to get proper nutrition read the Importance of a Healthy Diet.
Probably the best book we have found about diet and nutrition for children is The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Brains and Harming our Children by Carol Simontacchi. As mentioned above, our second favorite book is the enduring classic work on how what we eat shapes us, for better or worse, titled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, D.D.S. We encourage you to purchase both.
There are many great articles on the Weston A Price Foundation website about diet and nutrition including:
Read Importance of a Healthy Diet about why healthy eating guidelines are important to follow, especially for babies, children and nursing moms.
Did you know that the USDA Dietary Guidelines will make you tired and overweight? Read about our time-tested Healthy Eating Pyramid
Read more about Traditional, Nutrient Dense and Organic Diets as well as the importance of consuming unrefined food.