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Int J Circumpolar Health. 2001 Apr;60(2):138-42.

Traditional foods in the diet of Chukotka natives.

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Institute of Internal Medicine SB RAMS, Novosibirsk, Russia Vladimirovsky spusk, 2a, 630003 Novosibirsk, Russia.,


During several medical expeditions the recipes and technology of traditional foods of the indigenous population of Chukotka have been collected. Traditional foods are important sources of fat, protein and essential nutrients. The traditional diet of Chukotka natives consists of caribou meat, marine animals and fish, depending on the place of residence. All meat products or fish are eaten with local plants: roots, green leaves, berries or seaweed. Local foods are usually eaten raw frozen and dipped into seal oil or melted caribou fat. However, it has been shown that the traditional way of food preparation in the Far North does not meet modern sanitary and hygiene regulations. Based on data collected about the traditional diet of Chukotka native recipes and technology have been changed and approved by the Association of Indigenous Nationalities of Chukotka. Dietary recommendations for natives that are based on traditional eating patterns have been presented for consideration.

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