Research suggests meat-rich diet made 14th-century monks ‘slaves to their bowels’

Research suggests meat-rich diet made 14th-century monks ‘slaves to their bowels’

[Ed. – Decode: “21st century peoplekind need to stop eating meat!”]

Research by English Heritage sheds light on the day-to-day lives and digestive troubles of monks at Muchelney Abbey in Somerset – in particular the consequence of a change in papal law, in 1336, which permitted the twice-weekly consumption of meat from four-legged animals.

The monks already had, by modern standards, an unbalanced and calorie-rich diet. Adding meat as a luxury meant constipation and diarrhoea soon became a major problem, said the English Heritage historian Michael Carter.

“Basically monks were slaves to their bowels. They often had serious health problems because of their diet and digestion.”

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