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Old 04-05-2017, 07:45 AM
Xema Xema is offline
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Originally Posted by Mangetout View Post
The Eskimo diet also included fresh and preserved berries ...
Yes (in some areas), but according to this article only in summer (in NW Alaska). Also from that article:

the explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson adopted an Eskimo-style diet for five years during the two Arctic expeditions he led between 1908 and 1918. “The thing to do is to find your antiscorbutics where you are,” he wrote. “Pick them up as you go.” In 1928, to convince skeptics, he and a young colleague spent a year on an Americanized version of the diet under medical supervision at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. The pair ate steaks, chops, organ meats like brain and liver, poultry, fish, and fat with gusto. “If you have some fresh meat in your diet every day and don’t overcook it,” Stefansson declared triumphantly, “there will be enough C from that source alone to prevent scurvy.”

In fact, all it takes to ward off scurvy is a daily dose of 10 milligrams, says Karen Fediuk, a consulting dietitian and former graduate student of Harriet Kuhnlein’s who did her master’s thesis on vitamin C. (That’s far less than the U.S. recommended daily allowance of 75 to 90 milligrams—75 for women, 90 for men.)
Also note that truffles appear to be a decent source of Vitamin C. From this link:
Truffles are excellent sources of minerals, but low in Vitamins, except for Vitamin C.