Dr. Price’s three basic dietary principles

Dr. Weston A. Price was able to formulate three basic dietary principles as a result of his pioneering investigations of healthy, nonindustrialized peoples. They are as follows:

  • The diets did not contain any processed or devitalized food. There were no refined or artificial sweeteners, white flour products, processed vegetable oils, trans fats, pasteurized or homogenized milk, canned foods, microwaved foods, irradiated foods, industrial additives, pesticides, herbicides or synthetic vitamins in healthy traditional diets.
  • All healthy traditional diets contained animal foods of some kind; none of the healthy peoples Dr. Price studied followed a vegan diet.
  • The diets were nutrient-dense, containing very high levels of vitamins and minerals. His most surprising finding was the fact that primitive diets contained extremely high levels of three vitamins found only in animal fats—vitamins A, D and a third fat-soluble vitamin he labeled “Activator X,” now believed to be vitamin K2. Foods containing these vitamins include oily fish, fish heads and fish organs, fish eggs, fish liver oils (such as cod liver oil), shell fish, insects, and butter, egg yolks, organ meats and fats from animals raised in the sunlight and eating green grass. Traditional peoples considered these types of foods as sacred, recognizing them as vital to good health, actively sought after and deliberately consumed.

further information can be found here:

Weston A. Price Foundation Principles of Healthy Diets pamphlet

A more in-depth resource is the DVD lecture available for purchase on this site:  Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health.


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