How the gladiators ate.

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    Oct 23, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    So should I reconsider my current paleo-like diet?

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0110489
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:07 AM GMT
    I don't see the relationship to the paleo diet. I thought paleo was based on the theory that pre-civilized humans, meaning that they didn't live in static communities (cities or towns) and were nomadic, were hunter/gatherers and ate what they could find. Later when we became civilized and settled into communities we started farming and started growing grains and legumes, which the paleo diet says are bad for us.

    Given all that, I find their argument weak considering that humans have been eating grains and legumes for thousands of years with no obvious ill effects. Surely we'd have realized long ago that legumes and grains are bad for us.

    A similar "analytical" argument is made for being vegetarian. The argument says that if you examine our teeth and digestive system they most closely resemble the teeth and digestive systems of animals that don't eat meat. Again, thousands of years of meat eating haven't shown any ill effects.

    I was vegan for a few years and didn't feel any better. At first I was vegetarian because I was still drinking milk and I did notice that I didn't have the gas that I'd previously had from milk; some interesting interaction there with a mild lactose intolerance it seems.
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    Oct 24, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
    You don't look like a gladiator is that your goal?
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:56 PM GMT
    He looks like a gladiator to me. At least a cinematic version.
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    Oct 24, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidYou don't look like a gladiator is that your goal?


    Really. The Colosseum has been closed for over a thousand years. Where will you find work?
  • bro4bro

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    Oct 25, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
    I've never seen an actual gladiator, or a paleolothic man.

    I don't know if they looked better than me or not.

    I eat Wheaties every morning. With milk. And raisins. It seems to work fine for me.

    Breakfast of Champions, baby!
  • wesv

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    Oct 26, 2014 7:28 AM GMT
    They were actually vegetarians and ate mostly wheat and barley porridge.
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    Oct 27, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    I was thinking about this the other day. Given they were glorified slaves I can't imagine they were on a good diet and in fact lots of them would have been in a pretty poor state of health. Maybe the John Cena of 100BC was on an ok diet but the equivalents of Zack Ryder... not so much
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    Oct 27, 2014 9:29 PM GMT
    Ohno saidGiven they were glorified slaves

    Good point. I wasn't paying attention and was thinking that they were referring to Roman militia, which would be quite different.
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    Nov 09, 2014 8:24 AM GMT
    well *i* heard they were gluten-free.



    gluten-free gladiators!
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    Nov 10, 2014 1:17 PM GMT
    I thought they ate each other after the battle.