Mediterranean Diet is NOT PLANT BASED (Blue Zones)

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  1. Their "bread" was all hand made and, in our terms stale, dried out, so lashings of oil had to be put on it to make it appetising. Plus, they were most devout to their religion, and they fasted 40 days each year. Devil's in the details. Keep up these great videos.

  2. Hey, great videos man. It's cool that you've tried many "diets" so you could decide what's best for you. I think you're right. I remember when I was active 10-15 hours a day, my diet was so crappy but it doesn't mattered, also I wasn't obsessed with food and food was my least concern. I think the activity level is the most important and of course cutting of inflammatory oils, sugars and other crap.
    What do you think of legumes (not peanuts – so inflammatory), like lentils or so? I've never tried sprouted (nor the cooked) lentils. Btw, have you ever had red eyes in the morning after consuming too much raw eggs or some other animal products? (I haven't watched all your videos yet, so, maybe you talked about some things that I asked)

  3. Could you make a video on the Nordic Diet? Seems very new and trendy here in Scandinavia, plenty of fish and rye bread. I wonder if there is a Slavic one, I know that slavs ate shittons of bread, dairy and oatmeal. Russia was always a bread basket for Europe.

  4. My family is from Morroco and I can testity we cannot live a day without meat! We eat some veggies aswell of course on the sides, like carrots with cumin, eggplant caviar, etc. But the main dish is always meat in the middle of the table. The only bad thing about the Morrocan died is the amount of sugar. A lot of Morrocan people get diabetes, this is a national disease there.

  5. vegans always bring up India–but I have NEVER met a vegan Indian (unless brainwashed, American born, basic trend rider). Even the veg dishes are cooked in ghee, clarified butter,. And a dumb vegan once told me : all oils are vegan. Dumbass. she's probably eaten Indian food and been satisfied, not realizing she ate a whole plate of food cooked in ANIMAL FAT

  6. I think, they had fish in the mornig and for lunch too. Fisherman work early in the morning and the fishing that spoils fast is eaten right away. The rest is sold or cooked for lunch, as they have no methods to cure the fish other than drying it. So, they would even eat fish more often.

  7. There's not much guessing to do, if one digs in some books that studies Roman diets or habits, its easy to determine how the real Mediterranean was. I also want to specify that the ratio of animal : plant foods ate depended much on the economy of one region or social uses (Romans considered the use of butter barbaric, while olive oil was their symbol of 'civilization'), rather than what ones optimal diet was.

    According to my notes, a roman soldier stationing in Egypt would receive daily: 1300 grams of bread, 350 grams of meat, 1 liter of vine and 0.5 liter of olive oil.

    At the front line far in enemy territory, a roman soldier would receive something different each day in a week, probably to make rationing easier: Day 1 1300 grams of Bucellatum (Biscuits), Day 2: Bread 1300 grams, Wine 1 liter; Day 3: same as day 1; Day 4: 350 grams Mutton Meat, Day: 5: Like day 4; Day 6: 350 grams Salted Pork Meat. Obviously one could eat what he wants when he wants, this system only determined what they received during a week.

    During the Germanic Wars, a Roman Soldier would receive 1300 grams of Bucellatum daily.

    In Rome 1400 grams of daily bread were given freely, where in Constantinople the same happened but only to those that built new houses (in order to attract new citizens). Also olive oil was always given with the bread, and 1600 grams of monthly meat were given 5 months per year. Wine was sold in these cities with a 25% discount to what was the market price.

    There is also an interesting episode where there was a Roman diplomat sent to speak with Attila, where he described what was offered to him and his man: only wine, meat and bread. Attila was described as eating only meat.

    There are also numerous descriptions of what emperors did and ate: Giuliano Cesare Gallia was described as having the habit of eating with his soldiers while standing. He mainly ate Farro Polenta, Giustiniano often water fasted for 2 days and slept little while his wife had a lot of baths, ate 3+ times a days and slept a lot. For the high clergy was common to have very rich feasts everyday.

  8. What? Okinawa meme has hit mediterranean diet too? Here in Italy is NO WAY to go thru the day without atleast 1 type of food coming from an animal at the meal, fish being one of them. Pasta has NEVER been eaten so much as they say because it was pretty difficult to make back in the days. And one key thing that they forget is that these people are living long healthy lives because of a SLOW and GOOD life with a lot of sun. Not everything is in the food

  9. Thanks for making this video. It also annoys me that the nutrition 'experts' – and vegans – always try to push this fake kind of Mediterranean diet on everyone, even people who are not from and/or do not have any genetic ties to the Mediterranean region. Just eat what your ancestors ate. Even better, eat what your Palaeolithic ancestors ate. My ancestors didn't eat wheat or dairy until Europeans colonized their land, and their health did suffer from that shift in diet staples.

  10. Even the elderly women in Okinawa admit they eat lots of fishes and when they make a big bowl of salad for lunch, they will add a can of tuna and Spam meat inside. Clearly, there is no sucj thing as 100% pure plant based dishes in Okinawa. You can order their infamous stirred fried Goya Champuru and they will add either spam, eggs or pork tripes into it. The broth for veg soup was made from animal or shellfishes as well.

  11. I am from mediterranean island in croatia. When I ask my grandmother what were they eating she says, fish almost every day, milk every day, cheese, eggs were highly precious and were given especialy to those who were suffering from tubercuosis..Every household had a pig that they would fatten up and make, prosciutto, hams etc. They actualy used more lard than olive oil, they used to spread it liberally on bread. They had legumes maybe two times a week, bread, grits and potatoes vere main sources of carbs. Meat was every sunday. When somebody kills lamb the meat was spread among people as there was no refrigeration. Lots of wine, figs and some other seasonal fruits. They didnt had many green vegetables, mostly swiss chard, onions, garlic, tomatoes. But those were always side dishes.
    That doesnt sound plant based, more like fish, wine, milk and bread based.

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