Gladiators Were Vegan -- John McDougall MD





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Published on Mar 7, 2010

Archeologists recently unearthed a burial site in Turkey containing the bodies of 60 Roman gladiators.

Tests to their remains led researchers to conclude that the gladiators all ate an exclusively-plant-based diet.

In fact, they used the word "vegan" to describe the gladiators.

Wait, aren't vegans those guys you see carrying signs outside KFC protesting animal cruelty?


And gladiators ate a vegan diet, too.

In the following video John McDougall MD describes the new find on gladiators and pokes some fun at the biases of researchers -- who stretch to come up with explanations for why the most powerful fighters of the ancient world would opt to eat a vegan diet.

Of course, the gladiators weren't alone.

The entire Roman army went on a vegan diet whenever they went into battle.

This is a short excerpt from Dr. McDougall's fascinating talk entitled "THE STARCH SOLUTION" from the Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2009. Dr. McDougall shows how every major successful culture throughout history has relied on a largely starch-based diet to be successful.

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