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  •  August 13, 2020


We could be better. Meal found in ceramics reveals that the medieval peasant diet that was much healthier than current eating habits.

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For centuries we have been aware of meals in the Middle Ages (476–1453) under a certain bias.


After all, all reports concerned what the European nobility ate at the time.

We see banquet-acting films based on existing books and paintings.

But no one bothered to register the lower strata menu.


Until finally today.

A discovery made it possible to find out how the peasants fed.

Experts at the University of Bristol (England) found 500-year-old ceramic food waste.


The findings are from the medieval town of West Cotton in Northamptonshire.

The pans were analyzed using chemical and isotopic techniques.

And so they revealed the eating habits of the people in the region.

Apparently, the diet combined meat, vegetable, and dairy stews.

Menu that scientists say is healthier than modern diets.

It was common to eat bread and the so-called "white meat".

The term referred to a mixture of butter and various cheeses (pieces of what they got).

Poor people could not afford meat or fish.

But the presence of oats and barley proves access to carbohydrates, probably in the form of bread.

"It's healthier than the processed food diet that many of us eat today."

The statement is from one of the researchers, Dr. Julie Dunne.

Beef stews (beef and mutton) with leafy vegetables (cabbage, leeks) provided protein, fiber and vitamins.

And dairy products brought more protein and other important nutrients.

The study was published in Journal of Archaeological Science.

Part 13: Food: What Did Peasants Eat in Medieval Times? (August 2020)


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