Eating right while traveling internationally . . . last part

We visited a coastal area of China where the average age is 79 years old!   People very routinely live to be over 100 and the area has become known as the “longevity region.”   I asked the tour guide what they eat, and he said, local vegetables and fruit, and seafood.   I saw not one overweight person.   (I felt like I was visiting the China Study!)

 

Everywhere we went in Asia, the people eat YOUNG COCONUTS, like I advocate for in 12 Steps and recipes.   Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam.   They are plentiful and inexpensive, sold in snack stands at every tourist spot.   Purveyors just whack the top off with a machete (see photo below) and pour the liquid into a container to drink.   Or they’d just poke a hole and stick a straw in for you.   What incredible nutrition.  

 

Unfortunately, Coca Cola is also everywhere on the globe as you’ll see in the photo, competing with natural snacks like electrolyte-rich coconut liquid.   The sons of the ladies serving the coconut liquid were running around underfoot drinking not coconut liquid, but Cokes!   They were only 7 or 8 years old, but their teeth were black and rotted.   (After I saw them, I wish I’d taken a photo.   I taught them some Americanisms, though, like how to say, “Get OUT!” from Seinfeld and do “knuckles”).   I’m sure these people think, Coca Cola is from America, so it must be good, because Americans are rich and happy!   (Their exposure is limited to the mass media of glamorous celebrities, and tourists with pockets full of cash.)

 

What a terrible thinking error THAT is!

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6 thoughts on “Eating right while traveling internationally . . . last part

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  1. How did the young coconuts compare to the ones we can get here? Is it comparable to the difference between a garden-fresh tomato and a storebought tomato? Did you get to see how the coconuts are processed and what chemicals they use on them to prepare them for shipping? I’ve been kind of concerned about that.

  2. Sometimes the coconuts looked just like the ones we buy here (Thai coconuts), and sometimes, like with these green ones in the photo, they’re a bit different. (Those green hulls are removed before shipping them to us.) Because there are so many layers of fibrous material that has to be removed, between the outer layer and the meat and liquid of the coconut, I don’t worry about it. The photos of the ladies whacking them with machetes didn’t really turn out, darn.

    That’s probably a good analogy with the tomatoes, although coconuts keep pretty well, and international shipping doesn’t really take that long, so I think we often get a pretty fresh product. Yesterday I was browsing the Asian market trying to learn about ingredients, since I’ve been researching to make an authentic-as-possible Vietnamese dinner in the next few days. They had buckets of herbs/greens indigenous to and imported from Asian countries, so I don’t think the transit time could be too high–greens/herbs don’t keep very long.

  3. Hey Robyn! What do you think of apricot oil? I’ve heard there’s a middle eastern tribe that look younger than they are because of the apricot. How does the apricot oil compare to the coconut oil?

  4. I’ve not read what you have, but if it’s from the apricot pit, it may perhaps contain laetrile, which is a high-nutrition-density compound linked to cancer cure. It would need to be unrefined oil, and if you can determine that’s the case with what you buy, it’s worth a try. I don’t know, though, about its properties and therefore whether you should cook with it.

  5. The Hunza people cherish their apricot trees. I’ve read different articles about these people in different books… Here’s a link that might help.

    http://www.championtrees.org/topsoil/HunzaFarming.htm

    I love Dr. Banik’s story about these people.

    “Men who live 120 years and father children at age ninety…….

    Women of eighty who look no older than our women of forty……

    Hunzukuts, fabulous mountain people of the little kingdom of Hunza, high in Himalaya Mountains of Pakistan, lived in isolation for 2,000 years, and evolved a way to live, eat, think, and exercise that greatly lengthens their lifespan, and dramatically reduces illnesses which “civilized” people suffer.”

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