The Maasai people, nomads from Kenya and Tanzania, live on a diet that is very rich on animal fats and poor in carbohydrates. Nevertheless, scientists have been very surprised that they rarely have any heart- or cardiovascular diseases.
In fact they run the lowest cardiovascular risk with the lowest body weights and waist-measurements. They also have low blood pressure and good blood lipid profiles, despite the levels of animal fat in their food.
A study from the Swedish institute “Karolinska Institutet” reveals that the secret may have to do with the fact that they walk a lot every day!
Most people in the U.S and other Western countries would have to walk around 12.4 miles (20 km) a day to achieve the Maasai people’s level of energy expenditure. So if you want a healthier heart, start walking!