Medieval diets far more healthy

* Calories: 3,500 – 4,000
* Nearly two loaves of bread
* Three pints of ale
* Up to 12 hours labour each day

* Calories: 2,700
* Fat intake exceeds recommendations
* Less than 20 minutes exercise each day
* Greater risk of heart disease and diabetes

If they managed to survive plague and pestilence, medieval humans may have enjoyed healthier lifestyles than their descendants today, it has been claimed.

Their low-fat, vegetable-rich diet – washed down by weak ale – was far better for the heart than today’s starchy, processed foods, one GP says.

And while they consumed more they burnt off calories in a workout of 12 hours’ labour, Dr Roger Henderson concludes.

But the Shropshire GP accepts that life for even prosperous peasants was tough.

But after examining the available records, Dr Henderson suggests that medieval meals were perhaps even better than the much touted “Mediterranean” diet enjoyed by the Romans.

Read the article here.


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