Psst… Don't tell anyone, but I've got a crush. He's handsome, makes good money, and has fantastic teeth. Oh — and did I mention he was born in 1870?
If Weston A. Price were alive today, I would totally let him buy me a drink. Except, according to his own dietary guidelines as outlined by the Weston A. Price Foundation, the only things I should be drinking are coconut milk, raw cow's milk or bone broth. So much for my Sunday morning Bloody Mary…
This guy was a super-sexy, nutritional genius. Check it out:
A dentist from Cleveland, Price apparently tired of American molars riddled with cavities, and decided to research the root of the matter (pun intended). So, for 10 years he traveled the globe researching indigenous cultures such as the Aborigines, Maori, South Islanders and various African tribes, and guess what he found: the closer they adhered to their native diets, and avoided Westernization, the better their teeth.
Why? Because in comparison to the modern-day American diet, their diets provided "at least four times the water soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins."
Now do you see why I dig this guy? Here's what's more:
"The diets of healthy, non-industrialized peoples contain no refined or denatured foods or ingredients, such as refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup; white flour; canned foods; pasteurized, homogenized, skim or lowfat milk; refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils; protein powders; synthetic vitamins; or toxic additives and artificial colorings."
How does this relate to Mama's? Oh, just pretty much every way imaginable.
- Our cookies use unprocessed ingredients such as gluten-free whole oats and cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil.
- Price would also commend our use of flax seed, as he found that "Americans consume far too much of one kind of EFA (omega-6 EFAs found in most polyunsaturated vegetable oils) but not enough of another kind of EFA (omega-3 EFAs found in … oils from certain seeds such as flax and chia, nuts such as walnuts and in small amounts in all whole grains."
- Healthy fats are good for you! Modern-day nutritionists recommend a fat intake of 30% total calories. Price argues, "Thirty percent of calories as fat is too low for most people, leading to low blood sugar and fatigue. Traditional diets contained 30 percent to 80 percent of calories as healthy fats." Woohoo! Bring on the bacon!!
Here's an excerpt straight out of his section on Cookies, Bars & Muffins:
BEST — Cookies and bars made with organic natural sweeteners [check], soaked or sprouted whole grain flour, soaked/dried nuts and seeds [cha-ching], and butter, coconut oil [double-check!] or other traditional fats.
GOOD — Cookies and bars made with whole grain flour, butter, palm oil or coconut oil.
AVOID — Most commercial cookies and bars made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils or refined sweeteners like sugar, high fructose corn syrup and agave; granola bars; energy bars, especially those containing soy protein; cookies, bars and muffins containing chocolate, cocoa or cacao. [we'll just ignore that last part…]
I'm embarrassed to admit how much time I've spent Google stalking this guy in hopes that he will reincarnate and ask me out for kombucha and caviar. Suffice it to say, they don't make 'em like the used to. But if Price were still part of the dating pool, I'd like to think that he would love to split a box of Mama's Cookies with me.