What Did People Eat In The US 200 Years Ago?

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An interesting discourse on life in the US from the 1800's and onwards. How much stuff costs, the mortality rate and life expectancy etc, all discussed.

What Did People Eat In The 1800s?
  • Profile picture of the author enjamulahsan
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    I think that time people eats the best things of nature. They can eat fruits, vegetables, and good carbs, Which helps them to live more than us. But the population is increasing day by day and the foods are not increasing. So financial problem is now everywhere. Though some countries are still rich now, But maybe it shouldn't be for long time. It will not lasts long.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I think it's what they didn't eat that may count the most.

      No dyes or additives or palm kernel oil or high fructose syrup or chemical preservatives or other goodies in our processed foods today.

      They milked the cows and let the milk sit for a few hours so the cream would rise to the top...they made their own butter....their beef and pork and poultry were not fed additives, hormones, chemicals and antibiotics.

      They missed out on a lot of things - pesticides, fertilizer, GMO seeds.

      But - if health care back then were what it is now....those folks would live longer and be healthier than we are.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        What Did People Eat In The US 200 Years Ago?
        They ate what ever they could stick a fork in that didn't run away before reaching their mouth.

        I've managed to live the full life of someone from that era - so this is all bonus time now.
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        • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
          They were very opportunistic. Yes, they planted. But much of what they ate was whatever presented itself.

          You wake up and there's a deer in the yard, venison it is then!

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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Life Expectancy: The boom in native population in the early 19th century was even more remarkable considering the low life expectancies of the time. By one estimate, a white man who had reached his 20th birthday could expect to live just another 19 years. A white woman at 20 would live, on average, only a total of 38.8 years.


    How's that old fashion healthy eating working out?
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      How's that old fashion healthy eating working out?
      From the next paragraph:

      Disease was rampant during this time. During the War of 1812, which concluded in 1815, more soldiers died from disease than from fighting. The main causes of death for adults during this period were malaria and tuberculosis, while children most commonly died from measles, mumps, and whooping cough, all preventable today.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        From the next paragraph:

        Kind of defeats the whole healthy eating idea 200 years ago. Why bother?
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        • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          Kind of defeats the whole healthy eating idea 200 years ago. Why bother?
          Just like today, some of us will die in an accident, or die from AIDS, Emphysema, heart attack, cancer.... So why bother eating at all?

          In fact....We'll eventually forget some of the things we have learned. It kind of defeats the whole learning idea, doesn't it?

          Why bother learning anything at all?


          I like the way you think.
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          • Profile picture of the author yukon
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            Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

            Just like today, some of us will die in an accident, or die from AIDS, Emphysema, cancer.... So why bother eating at all?

            In fact....We'll eventually forget some of the things we have learned. It kind of defeats the whole learning idea, doesn't it?

            Why bother learning at all?


            I like the way you think.


            Exactly, why bother posting on a forum?
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            • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
              Originally Posted by yukon View Post

              Exactly, why bother posting on a forum?
              Now, THAT is a good question.
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              • Profile picture of the author yukon
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                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                Now, THAT is a good question.

                I know, right?

                What are we doing here? What have we gained?
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                • Profile picture of the author discrat
                  Originally Posted by yukon View Post

                  I know, right?

                  What are we doing here? What have we gained?

                  It is just unbelievable I see the same the people coming in here hour after hour , day after day.

                  Good Lord don't you people have lives', families, kids, porn, outside hobbies that you participate in?

                  Geesh Louise, I know some of you guys just have to have some lives outside here, no??
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                  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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                    Originally Posted by discrat View Post

                    It is just unbelievable I see the same the people coming in here hour after hour , day after day.

                    Good Lord don't you people have lives', families, kids, porn, outside hobbies that you participate in?

                    Geesh Louise, I know some of you guys just have to have some lives outside here, no??


                    It doesn't take much time to post forum LOLs.

                    Also, porn only takes 3 minutes. I'm multitasking and watching porn right now as I type this with dragon naturally speaking.





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                    • Originally Posted by yukon View Post

                      It doesn't take much time to post forum LOLs.

                      Also, porn only takes 3 minutes. I'm multitasking and watching porn right now as I type this with dragon naturally speaking.





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                      Hey, Yukipops -- jus' watch out you don't spit fire all over your monitor.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
                        Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

                        Hey, Yukipops -- jus' watch out you don't spit fire all over your monitor.
                        Yukon never spits.
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                    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
                      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

                      It doesn't take much time to post forum LOLs.

                      Also, porn only takes 3 minutes. I'm multitasking and watching porn right now as I type this with dragon naturally speaking.





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                      That would explain the Claude is an Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..

                      post you did the other day.
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          Kind of defeats the whole healthy eating idea 200 years ago. Why bother?
          I don't imagine there was any kind of health food industry 200 years ago. Most people would have just eaten whatever was available that they could afford.

          Much of that food might have been healthier in many respects, but it couldn't have prevented the sort of diseases that were the primary cause of premature deaths.
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