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    So we are at my wife's cousin's house listening to them tell of a visit to Sri Lanka. The subject drifted to the food, which apparently consists of lots of heavily spiced rice and beans. The one who had visited the country commented that much of the population suffered from more or less constant diarrhea. The first person to comment said, "what a healthy diet"!! After being told what the result of said diet is...

    Truly I despair.

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    traditional diet of rice and beans, with spices vs. standard american diet? clear winner. obesity levels in sri lanka? not high. is much of the country actually suffering from constant diarrhea? i have no idea, but i doubt it.

    animal protein is often the first thing to go from poorer people's diets. to be honest, this doesn't sound so terrible. not optimal, but hardly anything to ridicule!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakey View Post
    traditional diet of rice and beans, with spices vs. standard american diet? clear winner. obesity levels in sri lanka? not high. is much of the country actually suffering from constant diarrhea? i have no idea, but i doubt it.

    animal protein is often the first thing to go from poorer people's diets. to be honest, this doesn't sound so terrible. not optimal, but hardly anything to ridicule!
    I would have to agree.

    It is interesting that many of the poorer cultures (assuming they aren't starving, which is another thing altogether) are often healthier and happier than those that have abundance of wealth and food. Simplicity can be a beautiful thing IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egerland View Post
    So we are at my wife's cousin's house listening to them tell of a visit to Sri Lanka. The subject drifted to the food, which apparently consists of lots of heavily spiced rice and beans. The one who had visited the country commented that much of the population suffered from more or less constant diarrhea. The first person to comment said, "what a healthy diet"!! After being told what the result of said diet is...

    Truly I despair.
    To me... that sounds like a sarcastic comment.

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    There's no indication that the food is causing the diarrhea, either.

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    Poor sanitary conditions would be the most likely cause. It's a huge leap to think that the issue is widespread or related to the actual food and not the conditions the people are living in or how sanitary the water or food is.
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    Does it really need to be pointed out that people in poor countries tend to be malnourished due to not having enough to eat ( the expression "hand to mouth" was created precisely to underscore this point )? When you couple malnourishment with malabsorption ( diarrhea ) obesity would be the last thing I would expect to find. Not finding obesity and then using its absence as a justification and / or validation for the local prevalent diet seems misguided.

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    diet of rice and beans can be very healthy, if obviously consumed in moderation with good meat and veg.

    rice and beans was not the reason most of us got fat/sick and flocked to paleo to get healthy

    some people think of paleo/primal as voodoo magic or a miracle, but I hate to break it to them, there are plenty of other diets out there that contradict paleo that worked for many people and resulted in significant weight loss and good health, because most of the diets out there have one thing in common, they cut out processed junk food and get people eating whole foods. rice and beans is not the worst thing you can be eating by far
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    I don't miss beans...maybe lentil soup, but that'd be it

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    Are you sure it's the Sri Lankans who had the constant diarrhea and not your relatives or the people they were traveling with?
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