Actually this has been an idea i have been thinking of for a long time. I am especially thinking of my grandparents from the country side.
I am 100% Romanian and my grandparents have traced the genes to be 100% Romanian for a couple of hundreds of years.
What they ate:
You see for breakfast (except for in the summer) they ate a good (3 cm or more thick) piece of pork fat (either bacon or lard) on a slice of bread with garlic usually to "burn" the fat.In the summer they would have cheese instead of lard.
For lunch they ate the same 2-3 things every day:
- Polenta (a soft corn bread like thing)
- Fresh cheese w/o cream
- Bors (a soup soured with a homemade thing, basically a probiotic) with potatoes or rice, almost always meat with organs (raised by them) and lots of seasonal vegetables. In winter they had canned vegetables and greens instead.
- A potatoes meal (boiled potatoes, meat, some vegetables, lots and lots of fat, tomatoes or tomato juice (made by them by fermenting tomatoes)
Sometimes this was eaten with a salad, but always with lots of bread or more polenta.
Dinner was always something light, in the winter some compot (boiled fruit from summer in lots of sugar) or jam and bread.
These two grandparents never brushed their teeth, never used chemicals to wash except for their home-made soap(an acid with pork fat). They did work heavily in their garden and on the land, taking care of their animals. Winter was easy and just cleaning around the house, nothing much considering what they did in summer.
They never had to go to the doctor until their 75's ( i'll mention later why) and had perfect teeth, eyes, hearing, everything. Even with eating bread, white bread actually, and jams, and sugars. My grandmother made awesome pies. To be fair they didn't make them often, maybe once a week or on special occasions.
You know what happened after they became 75? My family finally reached a better financial situation so we started bringing them stuff like ice-creams, sodas and other "treats". My grandfather wasn't a sweet-tooth guy so he didn't eat much of these things. My grandmother on the other hand loved it so much that she started buying her own stuff. (They never spent money on food).
Result? My grandmother's health went downwards really quick in 5-8 years(dementia, blind, can't walk - probably undiagnosed diabetes) and my grandfather now is still ok (except like the person with the Russian heritage mentioned, he also drinks way too much for any standards). They never made the connection. Really Never.
Talk about silent killer...
But still strange that they ate a lot of carbs with every meal, even carbs and fats that are thought of as bad (white bread, sugar, sunflower oil) and had a perfect health until they started buying food.
Sorry for the long post but i have one more thing i wanted to say.
I've been low carbing for more then 6 months and adapted things to paleo for 3. I live in North Europe now. My results have been slow to invisible most of the time. I go to Romania for 2 weeks and i lose a ton of weight and i feel awesome. How weird is that?!