Pedro Carerra Bastos

Portuguese researcher and PhD candidate in Nutrition, Inflammation and Metabolism at Lund University, Sweden (under the supervision of the late Dr. Staffan Lindeberg, author of the “Kitava Study”). Holds an MSc in Human Nutrition and Post-Graduate Diplomas in Clinical Nutrition, Exercise and Health and Functional Nutrition.
Professionally he is Director of Education at NutriScience (a Portuguese and Spanish advanced nutrition education company), Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Rio Maior Sport’s School (Portugal) and lectures extensively about Nutrition in Europe, USA and Latin America. He is best known for being an expert on the effects of Dairy in Human Health and for being the first author of the scientific paper The Western Diet and Lifestyle and Diseases of Civilization, which is the most viewed publication of Dove Press.

In memory of Dr Staffan Lindeberg, who sadly passed away late in 2016, Pedro will be delivering the Staffan Lindeberg Memorial Lecture on behalf of The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand.

PRESENTATION: The Kitava Study – A Tribute to Staffan Lindeberg 

In 1989, Dr. Staffan Lindeberg, a Swedish physician, conducted an extensive field study in the island of Kitava in Papua New Guinea, whose residents still followed their traditional lifestyle. Among his various observations, the most striking were:

  1. the superiority of various biomarkers when compared to a sex and age-matched Swedish control population, despite an exceptionally high carbohydrate and saturated fat diet;
  2. the near absence of common western diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, although there was a significant proportion of elderly.

During this lecture, the published and unpublished results of that study will be presented and discussed and a tribute to Prof. Lindeberg, who recently passed away, will be made.


  • Traditional populations, such as the residents of Kitava, represent the last windows to our distant evolutionary past and more emphasis should put to study them thoroughly.
  • Current reference ranges for various biomarkers may not be optimal.
  • Food choice is more relevant for optimal health than macronutrient distribution.
  • Ancestral-like diets and lifestyles might be the key to establish effective public health policies to prevent various chronic non-communicable diseases.