The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, May 14, 2018

How the Knights Templar Diet Doubled Their Life Expectancy

The knights ate in pairs and were told to “study the other more closely” to make sure that neither was eating more than his share—and were also eating enough. They only ate meat three times a week and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the knights ate vegetable-filled meals and bread. They some ate a thick soup made of oats or vegetables and they grew fruits in their gardens. On Fridays, they ate no eggs, milk or animal products. They were allowed to drink wine, but not much, and it was diluted.


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The way to double someone's life expectancy in those days was to get rid of poo effectively, and - in particular - keep it out of the water. Their Friday diet was lamentable. But the essential role of diet in disease is just a common assumption with little basis in evidence. Eat a diet balanced enough to give you the essential vitamins and minerals, with enough fibre to keep your belly and bowels working, and of course enough calories, and you should be OK. If in any doubt eat more fish. Especially at breakfast.

Posted by: dearieme | May 14, 2018 11:41:04 AM

We’ve just tried the Idahoan instant mash. Rather pleasant, but as I was licking my lips I thought “What’s that?” I consulted the packet. They’d put sugar in. In ruddy mashed potato!

And this

Posted by: dearieme | May 14, 2018 11:44:35 AM