Useless information #31 - TIL that Inuit Eskimo didn’t get scurvy because whale oil is rich in vitamin C.

Scurvy is caused by lack of vitamin C. This might not be a big issue today but it used to be. Regions where fruits and vegetables were not possible to grow were the most affected.

However, Eskimo didn’t seem to get scurvy although they had no access to fruits and vegetables because they were getting the vitamin C from whale oil.

Their peculiar diet consisted of fish and meat. Although it may seem incorrect and unbalanced it’s an adaptation to the extreme conditions they live in.

Nowadays, they have access to several products and more options to choose from.


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Sources: 1, 2, 3

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