• Were gladiators vegan?

    Archeologists recently unearthed a burial site in Turkey containing the bodies of 60 Roman gladiators.

    Tests to their remains led researchers to conclude that the gladiators all ate an exclusively-plant-based diet.

    In fact, they used the word "vegan" to describe the gladiators.

    Wait, aren't vegans those guys you see carrying signs outside KFC protesting animal cruelty?


    And gladiators ate a vegan diet, too.

    In the following video John McDougall MD describes the new find on gladiators and pokes some fun at the biases of researchers -- who stretch to come up with explanations for why the most powerful fighters of the ancient world would opt to eat a vegan diet.

    Of course, the gladiators weren't alone.

    The entire Roman army went on a vegan diet whenever they went into battle.

    This is a short excerpt from Dr. McDougall's fascinating talk entitled "THE STARCH SOLUTION" from the Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2009. Dr. McDougall shows how every major successful culture throughout history has relied on a largely starch-based diet to be successful.