What did people of Ancient Mesopotamia eat mostly? (did they know how to grow wheat & rice, etc?)?
I was recently studying the "low carb diet" that has been so popular in past 20 years, and was reading how "our bodies have not evolved to digest carbs as much as meat and fat"...but is that true? have they known how to make bread for a long time? what about rice?
WHY DO PEOPLE THAT VOUCH FOR THE "LOW CARB DIET" THINK THAT CARBOHYDRATES FROM BREAD, RICE, ETC IS BAD FOR US AND WE ARE BETTER WITHOUT THEM?
- LouisLv 76 months ago
Good question. The answer is debatable.
The agricultural revolution was about 10 or 15 thousand years ago. The ancient Mesopotamia was much more recent. just 2 or 3 thousand years ago. they had grains such as barley. and apples and grapes. And fish. And domesticated animals too.
Our bodies have been pretty much the same for at least 40,000 years. Maybe the biggest difference is that for the last 10,000 years ago we have slowly become more lactose tolerant. Lactose intolerance used to be like 99%. now it is about 65%.
Grains making up a major portion of our diet is a modern development. And some people blame grains for diabetes and obesity and all kinds of stuff. And I think they have a point. but we don't need to eliminate grains from our diets. Just moderate it. One to three servings of grains a day is a good plan. But some people eat six or more. (one slice of bread is a serving).
Even before we started cultivating it, grains were part of Homo sapiens' diet.
Our digestive system hasn't changed much in millions of years of evolution. But our ancestors that predate Homo (like 10 million years ago or more), did have a more gorilla-like GI tract. And ate, like a gorilla, a diet consisting of a lot of vegetation and not many animals.
- ElaineLv 76 months ago
The people would have been familiar with grains such as barley, millet, wheat, and possibly rice. The main sources of protein would have been fish and poultry such as geese. Fruits such as figs, native to the region would also have been part of the diet. Honey was used as well. The making of bread was well known to the very ancient Mesopotamians.