A Golden Age of Nutrition … 150 Years Ago!?
History should never be written in stone! It is frequently being re-examined unearthing viable data that dismantles formerly held beliefs or published facts. Such occasion brings forth a most relevant lesson that realigns us with an exciting epidemiological case-in-point to light the way to real health. Who should offer us such a valuable nugget in time? Well, the mid Victorians who in contrast to mistaken reporting over the centuries were said to suffer lives of squalor, disease and malnourishment in fact lived in a rare ‘golden age’ of nutrition! The beauty of this tale is that presents a simple and proven blueprint for a diet that afforded all of its population excellent health virtually free of the chronic degenerative diseases so characteristic of the 20th/21st century that so horribly impacts quality of life.
Once the mid-Victorians survived early childhood, they lived well into their mid seventies on average, until they succumbed to infection and died. All this without the ‘benefit’ of the public health movement and modern surgery, modern equipment, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals.
The mid Victorians had the same lifespan as we enjoy now but with their health intact and their morbidity compressed until very end of life. The mid-Victorians were stronger, fitter and healthier than we are due to superior nutrition. It offered significant defense even for those of the most limited incomes whom also enjoyed these nourishing foods.