Fruits & Vegetables
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Science.

In ancient cultures, vegetarianism was the norm unless you were nomadic. In fact, most sedentary populations, including ancient Egypt, ate large quantities of fruits ad vegetables. By looking at the carbon atoms in mummies that had lived in Egypt between 3500 B.C. and 600 A.D, French researchers were able to distinguish what kinds of foods made up the ancient Egyptian diet and how frequently they were consumed.

The researchers studied the remains of 45 people from two museums in Lyon, France. Alexandra Touzeau, the leader of the research team, said, “We had an approach that was a little different. We worked a lot with bones and teeth, while most researchers study hair, collagen and proteins. We also worked on many different periods, with not many individuals for each period, so we could cover a very long time span.”

The findings were reported in the Journal of Archaeological Science, and the reports were surprising. The ancient Egyptian diet did not vary greatly. Even when the Nile area became increasingly arid, fruits and vegetables were still grown and consumed, and fish, thought to be a staple of a people living near a body water, were not consumed as often as expected.

Kate Spence, an archeologist and specialist in ancient Egypt at the U.K.’s University of Cambridge, said, “There is abundant evidence for fishing in Egyptian wall reliefs and models (both spear and net fishing), and fish shows up in offering lists. There is also a lot of archeological evidence for fish consumption from sites such as Gaza and Amama. All this makes it a bit surprising that the isotopes should suggest that fish was not widely consumed.”

We would get along in ancient Egypt quite well.

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VIA The Huffington Post

About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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