Food and Drink

Eat Like Your Ancestors: Why You Should Forget Superfood Fads and Follow a Traditional Diet

One author suggests you should eat like your great-great-great-great-grandparents did.

NOTE: I am not advocating this diet. In fact, it contradicts my experience as a vegan over the past four years and I am not about to change. However, the article does present some interesting points and is offered here as something to think about.

100-million-years-of-food-what-our-ancestors-ate-and-why-it-matters-todayStephen Le has just published a book, 100 Million Years Of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today. Le claims we’re not actually consuming more calories than our predecessors, despite common belief. Rather than eating less or exercising more, Le believes the key to health is eating like your ancestors. He champions traditional diets and argues that we should be looking to our genetic and cultural history when deciding what to eat.

Forget foodie fads and so-called superfoods, Le suggests we should be consuming the simple fare of our great-great-great-great-grandparents, whether that’s meat and potatoes or vegetables with rice. So instead of asking for the latest healthy cookery book, it might be worth taking a look at your grandparents’ cookbook and making the recipes handed down to them over the years.

Eat Like Your Ancestors? Not Me!

Perdue’s Harvestland brand, best known for its chicken products sold in grocery stores, used to have an advertising campaign entitled “Eat Like Your Ancestors.” The campaign featured vintage-appearing photography and promoted the antibiotic-free brand that promised to provide all-natural food.

Harvestland, launched in 2006, is the number-one brand of antibiotic-free chicken in the U.S., and the brand’s other lines (which also include certified organic chicken products) are also seeing strong growth, according to Perdue.

Whisky & Haggis Crisps

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This is a follow-up to the description of haggis, neeps and tatties that I published a few days ago at Today, I discovered that MacKie’s of Scotland also sells Ridge Cut Whisky & Haggis Potato Crisps (that’s potato chips to Americans) as well as Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Crisps. Is nothing sacred? Haggis potato chips… er, crisps?

I assumed these crisps are available in the U.K. but was surprised to learn that Americans can purchase MacKie’s Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Crisps from Amazon although at a high price: $49.99 for a pack of 12 5.3-ounce bags. There is no mention on Amazon of the Whisky & Haggis Potato Crisps, however.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the NGS Conference in Richmond!

I would like to invite you to a dinner for this newsletter’s readers, their guests, and other genealogists, to be held at 7:30 PM Eastern Time in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday evening, May 10. That will be a few hours after the close of the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. Everyone is invited! However, you must obtain a ticket in advance in order to attend.

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Tickets are now available at