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The Ancient Andean Tradition of Eating Clay May Have Helped To Protect Health

Enlarge this image A bowl of chaco clay at a home in Peru’s Puno region. People usually eat this clay sauce with potatoes, especially during the potato harvest season. Tony Dunnell hide caption toggle caption Tony Dunnell Talking about clay makes Amilcar Apaza nostalgic for his childhood in Juliaca, Peru, a city in the Andean highlands. He remembers gathering with his family in his grandmother’s fields in the nearby countryside for the potato harvest. There, they would build a small oven to cook the fresh potatoes and eat them, dipping…

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