During the 28 days of the study the hunters brought in 18 animals yielding 454
pou nds of meat, and gifts of meat from outside made up another 36 pounds of meat,
for a total of 490 pounds. This works out to a daily consumption of 9.1 ounces of meat
for every man, woman, and child.
Meat and mongongo nuts comprised the major part of the diet, contributing 31
and 28 percent of the weight respectively. About 20 species of roots, melons, gums
bulbs, and dried fruits, including some mongongo fruit, made up the remaining 41
percent of the diet. In all, the work of the JuI'hoansi made available a daily ration of
2355 calories of food energy and 96.3 grams of protein to each person. The diet was
well-balanced in terms of vitamins and minerals, and if it was lacking anything it was
an abundance of refined carbohydrates: there was no eqnivalent in the JuI'hoan diet
to the white bread, rice, pasta, and sugar-rich food that form so large a portion of our
Western diet (and which may be responsible for our rapid growth rates). The caloric
levels were more than adequate to support the Dobe population and to allow the peo-
ple to live vigorous, active lives without losing weight.