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traditional Hawaiian diet

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traditional Hawaiian diet


A diet which some regard as one of the world’s healthiest diets. It is simple, with high starch, high fibre, low saturated fat, low sodium and low cholesterol

Foods eaten Taro, yams, arrowroot, breadfruit, chickens, pigs, fish, shrimp, seaweed, shellfish, seasoned wtih kukui nut, ho‘io fern and salt; most foods were eaten fresh.

Energy breakdown 12% protein, 18% fat and 70% carbohydrates. In contrast, the typical American diet has 15% protein, 40% fat and 45% carbohydrates.

A return to the traditional diet has been recommended to address the epidemics of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and early death that has affected Hawaiians.


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