I was vegetarian for a few years prior to pregnancy. Then I dreamt of meat pies, bacon and pepperoni pizza. Hormones can be cruel sometimes.
Given my interest in the benefits of vegetarian diets, this new study in the Journal of Archeological Science caught my attention (especially given our recent discussions on the “Paleo” diet and its effects on cholesterol). OK, the fact that it made The Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian” stick in my head helped…
The study discusses how Ancient Egyptians followed mostly vegetarian diets over a period of approximately 3000 years.
Researchers analyzed the hair, teeth, and bones of various mummies who lived in Egypt and found their diet was mostly grain-based, with high consumption of barley and wheat. Based on other research, the authors suspect legumes and vegetables were also staples in the diets.
They note that Egyptians from this period are renowned for their exceptional longevity as an organized civilization, especially considering the significant changes politically, culturally, and technologically.
So essentially we need to make the whole world vegetarian and society may become more organised. As Neil of “The Young Ones” so aptly said…
Touzeau A, Amiot R, Blichert-Toft J. Diet of ancient Egyptians inferred from stable isotope systematics. J Arch Sci. 2014;46:114-124.