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Diet as a Double-Edged Sword: The Pharmacological Properties of Food Among the Waorani Hunter-Gatherers of Amazonian Ecuador

Abstract Food system and health characteristics were evaluated across the last Waorani hunter-gatherer group in Amazonian Ecuador and a remote neighboring Kichwa indigenous subsistence agriculture community. Hunter-gatherer food systems like the Waorani foragers may not only be nutritionally, but also pharmaceutically beneficial because of high dietary intake of varied plant phytochemical compounds. A modern diet that reduces these dietary plant defense phytochemicals below levels typical in human evolutionary history may leave humans vulnerable to diseases that were controlled through a foraging diet. Few studies consider the health impact of the recent drastic reduction of plant phytochemical content in the modern global food system, which has eli... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor London, Douglas (Author) / Tsuda, Takeyuki (Advisor) / Beezhold, Bonnie L (Committee member) / Hruschka, Daniel (Committee member) / Eder, James (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Nutrition / Cultural anthropology / Public health / chronic disease / co-evolution / hunter-gatherers / infecious disease / phytochemicals / Wild foods
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 662 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Anthropology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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