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How do we know, or suspect, that their remarkable health benefits come from the one-ingredient diet and not from the local nature of the ingredients? Why isn’t the difference mainly raising vs hunting animals, our farming practices, our food transportation, etc? Or even the way they exercise or sleep or some other factor? Is it because that’s what distinguishes them from other tribes who have an otherwise similar lifestyle? Or we have no idea what makes the difference but it’s an interesting diet to try?

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Regarding the recipes you offered this week: Please, please stop telling people to rinse raw meat, especially chicken. It’s very unnecessary and really unsanitary.

There’s a ton of scientific documentation supporting this. Here’s one: https://drexel.edu/news/archive/2022/August/Dont-Wash-Your-Chicken-Its-Risky-Its-Unnecessary-and-Theres-a-Better-Way#:~:text=Washing%20or%20rinsing%20chicken%20increases,by%20helping%20the%20bacteria%20spread.

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Do the Tsimane consume any type of beans/legumes?

Thanks

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Looking forward to this 2-week challenge. Are single ingredient foods like plain yogurt/dairy, beans, and coffee considered fair game?

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Hello, I’m going to start my 2 week trail of this diet next week.

I am curious about taking supplements.

Yes or no to taking them while on my trail period.

I have to say Collagen seems to help me tremendously.

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Are vegetarian protein sources like Greek yogurt or tofu ok to substitute for chicken, beef etc? Thanks…

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This may be addressed in the forthcoming emails, but I was wondering what actually defines a single ingredient food? Reason I am asking is, I love to cook, so would something like a bone broth made from venison bones, vegetables and spices be a "single ingredient food" because all of the ingredients are at their most basic and not processed at all? Love to hunt and have tons of venison but I like to do different stuff with it other than just grilled tenderloin or backstrap. Looking forward to the challenge!

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I had to go in a low histamine/elimination diet to assess a histamine intolerance and possible food allergies. Turns out I've been exactly eating the Tsimane diet for the last 10 days without even knowing it. Lost 10lbs too. Only four more days to go in the challenge! Although I feel like I'll continue this diet for quite awhile.

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Very interesting! I'll spend some time googling to see if any labs are available; specifically to the gut biome. I'd bet the diet's simplicity is the key to high levels of insulin sensitivity in these folks. I am trying the diet BUT already going to have to start over - my breakfast of steel cut oats, eggs, and a sweet potato was okay BUT when I realized I used olive oil and garlic in the eggs (and salt and pepper) and ghee for the sweet potatoes, I figured I was already off the rez.... will have to fire up the air frier!

Hey GREAT job on The Drive! I'm in Dr Attia's Early program and an avid listener. That was a very inciteful conversation - MANY nuggets throughout!

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When do they eat sugar? Do they grow it themselves?

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