dietI was recently alerted to this post on www.Survival.org.au  an overview of the bush tucker diet and a nutritional analysis of Australian bush tucker plant foods.

The Australian Continent provides plentiful animal foods — land mammals, birds, reptiles, seafood and insects — plus a great variety of plant foods. Conditions were lush in the subtropical areas along the coasts, and extremely harsh in the desert interior. However, bushmen of the arid regions exhibited the same robust good health as their brothers living in the coastal forests. In fact, the traditional bush tucker diet provided all the energy and nutrients needed for excellent physical development, superb strength and stamina and overall good health.

The quantity and quality of food intake could vary greatly on a day-to-day basis. The usual pattern was of subsistence intake supplemented by ‘feasts’ when large game were successfully hunted.

Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers, therefore the daily “bush tucker” diet varied according to the type of plants and animals available in the particular location and season. By necessity, they had an extensive knowledge of plants, animals, the land and the effects of the weather and time of year. Popular energy-dense foods, or foods that contained plenty of kilojoules per gram, included animal meat and offal, honey, and insects such as witchetty grubs.

The 6 Main Nutrients of this diet

  • Water
  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

 

For more details on this diet read here…www.survival.org.au/bush_tucker_diet.php

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