What do the Kuna Indians drink that may help account for their apparent low chronic disease rates?
Results of a major international scientific conference summarized
Of course, there are other healthy drinks, too. Consider, the Kuna Indians, who live on islands off of Panama, one of the healthiest populations on Earth—20 times less heart disease compared to us; 20 times less cancer. And it’s not their genes—when they move to the mainland and start eating a typical Western diet their chronic disease rates skyrocket.
Scientists don’t think it’s what they eat, though, but what they drink. What’s their secret? Every day they drink more than five cups a day of which one of these? Acai berry juice, cocoa, yerba mate tea out of a gourd, quechua, a fermented drink made out of quinoa sprouts, or do you think they’re so healthy because they drink so much spirulina?
I’ll give you a hint: It’s not because they keep such adorable pigs as pets.
Well, it’s not the quechua—because… there’s no such thing. I just made that one up. It’s not spirulina, and mate may actually increase our cancer risk… Nearly all these people drink in this tropical climate is cup after cup of… cocoa!
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Bayard V, Chamorro F, Motta J, Hollenberg NK. Does flavanol intake influence mortality from nitric oxide-dependent processes? Ischemic heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and cancer in Panama. Int J Med Sci. 2007 Jan 27;4(1):53-8.
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