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The Hunza diet consists of a series of selective food and drink intake practiced by the Hunza people of northern Pakistan that is argued by some to be unique and have long lasting effects. The diet mostly consists of raw food including nuts, fruits and seeds added with yogurt. The cooked meal, daal included with chappati, is included for dinner. It has also been advocated for being inexpensive and mostly self-producible.
The Irish physician Robert McCarrison is believed to have traveled to this area during the days of the British Raj and tested this diet on rats in England. The results are claimed to have given the rats longer lasting lives. In his book about the Hunza, Jay Hoffman argued that by the ratio to cats, dogs and horses, humans should live up to 120 to 150 years and argues the Hunza diet to be the key to this longevity.
While the Hunza bread is agreed to be cost-effective, it is also argued to be low in calories. It is prepared by adding two cups of flour, one cup of wheat flour, one quarter cup of wheat germ, one pack of active dry yeast, one quarter pack of light or dark brown sugar, one teaspoon of organic honey, one teaspoon of salt in addition to one quarter teaspoon of ground ginger as well as half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Three quarters of optional dried fruit must be added followed by one and a half cup of water. Two tablespoons of butter are also recommended.