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Jun 30, 2020

Well hello again Sapien people. I’m really excited about this episode. I feel like I’ve found another gem from the far reaches of the globe. Aviaja is of Inuit descent and was born in Greenland where she continues to do her research. Her work revolves around the 98% animal-based diets of the native people there. SHe also is a public speaker and activist for the preservation of their native animal-based diet which is being jeopardized by anti-meat activists and plant-based ideals of the government recommendations. They are trying to get people to eat industrialized plant-based foods that have to be shipped into their country instead of eating their natural diet.

She’s a microbiologist with a Ph.D. in microbial ecology and bioinformatics. She’s been researching the microbiology of Greenland and the broader Arctic through large amounts of DNA sequencing data, also called metagenomics. She’s particularly interested in studying traditional Greenlandic foods eaten by the inuit.

We get into all kinds of interesting topics, especially around fermented foods, which are mostly animal foods in her culture. You’ll want to make sure to stick around for this entire interview.

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Two great articles that discuss the works of Aviaja and what she has learned over the years. There are also many links for you to dive deeper into her publications and research!


Link to a talk she did on “How the Microbes of Greenland Lead the Way to Better Food, Health and Economy in Greenland” 


Aviaja stays active and provides updates with her work on her Instagram


  • [4:45] Her work in metagenomics. 
  • [8:20] The impact of straying away from traditional foods and eating imported foods. 
  • [14:10] There is a much bigger picture than just what nutrients go into your body. 
  • [17:10] Food and sustainability.
  • [21:35] The difference between eating an animal completely fresh and from a grocery store.
  • [25:10] A high fiber diet does not guarantee a healthier, more diverse gut microbiome.
  • [37:10] The importance of connecting to the resources required to eat the food that we eat.
  • [40:30] What we can do to improve our regenerative way of living.
  • [44:45] The importance of accepting opposing truths.
  • [1:13:00] What happens when we move away from a traditional/ancestral diet?
  • [1:18:30] Her current and future plans on research.



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