What the Hadza Tribe Can Teach Us About the Human Metabolism

June 24, 2021 by
Credit: https://www.shadowsofafrica.com/blog/hadzabe-tribe-4/

As a society, we crave to understand our past because we believe that understanding where we come from, who our ancestors were, and what they did and ate, might unlock the key to health and longevity for us. 

While there are very few ancient societies that still exist, there are still a small number around the globe that can help us understand ourselves better.

The Hadza are a modern hunter-gatherer tribe living in Tanzania. They are one of the last true hunter-gatherer tribes in existence meaning they grow no crops and raise no livestock. Everything they eat in a day is foraged. Berries, tubers, honey, and wild game are the main components of the Hadza diet. They shun material possessions and they do not adhere to a social hierarchy. They are not closely related to other people or tribes, making them of particular interest to anthropologists and geneticists like Herman Pontzer, a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University.

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