Hunza Yogurt Myths
- Hunza Yogurt Myths
"Actually, the hunza lifespan is not
long and they do get cancer."
- Bill Sardi
What is the origin of the acidophilus culture
which dairy processors add to yogurt? It does
not occur naturally in yogurt. In fact, the
probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus is actually
isolated from human feces.
The October 26, 2011 issue of the journal
Science Translational Medicine includes a
study in which Bisanz and Reid attempt to
unravel the mechanism by which probiotic
yogurt works. Or does it work?
The authors wrote:
"No matter what the advertisements are, or
are not, allowed to say, it would be good
to know if probiotic yogurt, in addition
to its nutritional value, has a beneficial
effect on the gut."
The authors conclude:
"The intake of yogurt supplemented with five
bacterial species...did not appreciably alter
the composition of the human gut microbiota..."
I am often asked:
"What about the benefits of yogurt? Isn't the
acidophilus added to yogurt good for you? Don't
Hunzas who eat lots of yogurt outlive every other
The truth is that the acidophilus bacterium added
to yogurt is not absorbed by the human body. It
doesn't work. It's simply an unethical marketing
lie used by dairy producers on a trusting public.
The Dannon Yogurt company scientists admit this
truth but Dannon executives continue to lie to
During the 1950's, teams of researchers "discovered
that Hunzas regularly ate yogurt and seemed healthy.
The Pakistani Muslim Hunzas living in one of the most
isolated areas of the world craved the new found
attention. One year after all of the excitement of
discovery, a group of 60 year old Hunzas mysteriously
became 75. The next year, they were 90. A few years
later, they were over the age of 100. The Hunza myth
(Dannon's lie) has been exposed in great detail in a
book by Wilcox & Suzuki, called "The Okinawa Plan."
Why would one small region of Pakistan, a nation
roughly the size of California, have the average
person living past age 100, while the average
expected age of a Pakistani at death is 64?
The Hunzas are not a small tribe living in a remote
mountain village with 12 goats and a few sheep, as
Americans have been led to believe. The mountainous
Hunza region of Northern Pakistan comprises a land
mass greater than the combined areas of Delaware
and Rhode Island.
Why would the Pakistanis of Hunza be any different
from those Pakistanis living in Murree, Quetta,
Ziarat, Swat, Kaghan, Chitral, or Gilgit? The truth
of the matter is that the people of Hynza are no
different. Pakistanis (including the Hunzas) eat
similar diets and drink similar water. The answer
to this mystery perpetrated by Dannon is that the
Hunza myth was invented, and it is pure fraud.
The Dannon Yogurt research foundation publishes a
newsletter extolling the virtues of their product.
Here are excerpts from a column written by Cathy
"In the mid-1980's acidophilus was first suggested to
have health benefits for humans (1,2)... Acidophilus
occurs naturally in the gastrointestinal tract but
tends to grow slowly when added to milk (yogurt),
leading to the risk of undesirable organisms. There
is no direct proof and no consensus among researchers
on whether or not added acidophilus in yogurt adheres
to or colonizes in the intestines(3)...Few human
studies have been performed. A recent study reported
that yogurt did not alter immunoglobulin secretions.
These results show no health benefits from yogurt
1. Jones, et al,(1985) Effect of acidophilus yogurt
on serum cholesterol, triglyceride and lipoprotein
levels of healthy males. J. Dairy Sci. 68 (83-84)
2. Nelson, et al, (1984) Cholesterol uptake by
lactobacillus acidophilus, J. Dairy Sci. 67
3. Saavedra, et al, (1995) Microbes to fight microbes,
J. Pediatric Gastroenterol. 21, 125-129
4. Marteau, et al, (1996) Effects of Lactobacillus
acidophilus strain LA1 on serum concentration and
jejunal secretions of immunoglobulins and serum
proteins in healthy humans. In SOMED 21st Intl.
Congress on microbial ecology and disease, Paris,
October 28-30, 1996.
Thank you, Dannon!
So...let's set the record straight. What exactly
is yogurt? It's a delicious snack consisting of
jelly, starch, and flavorings with naturally
occurring pus, hormones, and glue. Marketing
geniuses have convinced consumers with a series
of clever lies that this high calorie food is a
healthy dietary option. It is delicious, just as
ice cream is delicious. Healthy? You can bet your
life that it is not.