Health fads come and go. Some don't leave until they take some hopeful-but-misinformed victims with them. The latest "fad" is a throwback to simpler times.

Simpler...POORER times.

And no, I'm not talking about the day before payday...every day-before-payday. We're taking a trip back to mid-19th century Britain.

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Time travel? Meh... (Getty Images)


It turns out being poor (or as the fancy British called it: being a peasant) had its advantages...despite all of the disadvantages of being REALLY poor.

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Pippy (British) researchers studied the eating habits of British peasants in the 1800s. They found that -- despite being poor -- they ate better than most Americans...poor or other.

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The poor...excuse me, peasants...ate a diet consisting of fresh vegetables, potatoes, fish, and just a bit of meat ('tis spendy, as Minnesota-Brits would say). If this diet sounds familiar, it's because the Mediterranean diet is very similar.

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As a result, those paupers that ate this diet had the lowest death rates of tuberculosis, which was a bit prevalent back then.

A little effort can go a long way with your health, and it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg!