The main reason I was offering the Sami as another culture to look at was because I think a lot of us around here are probably of European descent and there can be a tendency to think that Inuit are so far north, their way of life is so different, they are probably genetically way different from us, they don't even look like many of us. There's a tendency for some to say, look at the Inuit who have NO plants to eat and they are healthy (I don't think they have NO plants, but lots of people think they don't). And then the counter to that is, yeah, well, the Inuit are totally different from you and me, they live in such a harsh climate, what they eat helps them survive and might not be optimal, what they eat is so far different than anything you'll ever find in a grocery store, their genetics are different, yadda yadda.
Originally Posted by Owly
So I offer up a culture that lives in Europe at the same latitudes as other Northern Europeans, a culture I think most people have never even heard of. They are blond and blue-eyed and look a lot like me when I look in the mirror, they're not hunter gatherers, not living in the ice age, they aren't a Clan of the Cave Bear fantasy. Look at what they eat. Minimal plants, but some. Food similar to tribes in the far north of North America, but no whale blubber and raw bearded seal. Foods you can almost find in a grocery store. I can't find reindeer, but I can find other ruminants. The rest I pretty much can find. They are healthy. They're another culture with a tradition that is fairly still intact that you can look at for an idea of what people eat naturally.
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