[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.”