Gladiators Were Vegan — John McDougall MD

Gladiators Were Vegan (Barley Men) — John McDougall MD

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.
Vegan Olympic Wrestling medalist ChrisCampbell at age 37.
Modern-day Gladiator / Vegetarian Olympic Wrestler Chris Campbell who won a Bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics at age 37.

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