Researchers ask whether a return to traditional diets is possible | Pacific Beat

Researchers ask whether a return to traditional diets is possible

Researchers ask whether a return to traditional diets is possible

Updated 11 February 2014, 9:51 AEDT

In the Pacific non-traditional foods, high in sugar and fat, have been blamed, at least in part, for the region's high rates of diet-related diseases like diabetes.

But in the modern world, eating as the ancestors once did is no easy task, especially if you have little or no access to land for crops, or the right to hunt, fish or forage.

Now though, researchers in the United States have set out to find out if a return to a pre-colonial diet is still possible.

Reporter: Isabelle Genoux

Speaker: Dr Martin Reinhardt, Assistant Professor at the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, lead researcher for the Decolonizing Diet Project

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