What Didn’t Ancient Greeks Eat and Were So Clever?



imagesModern science has repeatedly studied ancient writings to find more about the diet of ancient Greeks and to answer a seemingly simple question: Why were ancient Greeks so clever?

For many, there is only one answer to this question and is based on the principles established by the father of western medicine, Hippocrates of Cos, who used to say: “Νοῦς ὑγιὴς ἐν σώματι ὑγιεῖ” meaning a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Dimitra Tillianaki, a dental surgeon, studied the diet in the times of Hippocrates and Pythagoras in her effort to find an answer to a really nagging question: “Why regardless of the development of science are there so many diseases? Cancer, cardio-cerebrovascular and autoimmune diseases?”

Tillianaki, in her holistic human approach, discovered that following a healthy lifestyle is not always enough, and there are certain nutritional mistakes we make and do not realize them.

First of all, we eat bread and spaghetti, which means wheat. And what’s wrong with wheat? Gluten. A protein composite that is everywhere in the modern diet and keeps the brain “sleepy.” Ancient Greeks, on the other, did not even know the taste of wheat, because it didn’t exist. They cultivated Zea, a cereal rich in magnesium that is considered to be the food of the brain.

“It is possible that ancient Greeks were so clever because they did not eat wheat which contains gluten, a substance which sticks the nerve endings and doesn’t leave the brain free to think and create, ” Tillianaki said.

Zea also contains amino acid Lysine, which strengthens the immune system and has very little gluten.

“Zea was cultivated in Greece until the 30’s when it was suddenly banned. It is still unknown why the authorities decided to ban the cultivation of this particular cereal which was then gradually forgotten by the Greeks,” she added.

Regarding meat consumption, it was minimal and only if the person was healthy. If there was any kind of illness, a person wouldn’t eat meat.

The Pythagorean diet was based on the Hippocratic diet, except for meat consumption, which was strictly forbidden by Pythagoras.

In antiquity, there was also a large consumption of an orange fruit, Hippophaes, otherwise known as the sea buck-thorns. Hippophaes contains 192 vitamins which are all absorbable by the body.

Hippophaes formed a significant part of Alexander the Great’s and his troops’ nutrition, who had actually noticed that sick or wounded horses would heal by chewing the plant’s leafs. In this observation lies the Greek etymology of the word Hippophaes, which stands for “ippos” (horse in Greek) and “phaos” (shiny in Greek). After this discovery, Hippophaes became an essential stimulant for warriors in all military campaigns, offering greater endurance and strength.


20 COMMENTS

  1. Greeks were clever because they used to focus on observation to produce things. rather than just empty moral narratives.

    Most Greeks today (not all) are more concerned with looking for ways to suck money off someone else rather than actually produce something. They give self-righteous soapbox speeches about sharing to others… while giving nothing out of their own pocket.

    This is why no one takes as seriously as “real” Greeks today. The fact is many Greeks are like the Skopians. Posers. Pseudo-Greeks.that are “proud” of being Greek… but then have no clue what Hellenism is about.

    Ancient Greeks were definition of epic. Even our middle aged ancestors were amazing. We’re like that punk that drives around in a beater with a bad paint job made to look like Ferrari with loud music blarring beating his chest about how important he is to the world. Easy target to ridicule.

    The *ONLY* way our very real relationship to ancient Greeks will ever be taken seriously again is if we behave like Greeks. That we produce something more than moral narratives.

    If Greeks created a faster-than-light engine , a cure to cancer… a method to generate limitless energy from quantum vacuum fluctuation… artificial intelligence,… super materials to build space elevators… etc.. etc.. and no one… no one would question our relationship.

    What we have instead is a bunch of commies endlessly shameless whining for handouts. We want respect for selling olives and cleaning up vomit for drunk tourists… neither of which has anything to do with Hellenism.

  2. What a bunch of BS. Of course Ancient Greeks ate wheat, albeit it might have not been exactly as the same wheat today. But what grown food hasn’t undergone changes in thousands of years? You want proof? Just Google Demeter holding wheat. If it was important enough to sculpt into stone–it was an important food source at the time.

  3. This article begs the question–“What are today’s 300 Greek parliamentarians eating for lunch. Certainly nothing that gave their progeny the “clever” descriptor.

    The longer I live in this country, the more I believe it was actually extraterrestrials who built the Acropolis. It couldn’t possibly have been by any genetic connection to the baffoons who run the modern Greek state.

  4. Actually modern genetic testing has repeatedly shown we are biologically related to ancient Greeks (inpurely so but then ancient Greeks themselves were not a pure race either)

  5. Actually Alex, being “Greek” today is more about language and religion. Any walk around even mountain villages in this country will clue you in to the fact that the people here are a huge salad of outside genetic ingredients amalgamated over centuries (almost as diverse genetically as Americans today).

    As this strategic geography (mainland and islands) was always under siege by just about everyone else–mauraders, pirates, foreign armies, nautical trade vessels, a lot racial and ethnic mixtures came in to form a people who, because they speak the same language and practice (97%) the same Christian cultural traditions, call themselves “Greek.” The past is a wonderful thing, my friend. We all came from somewhere. But don’t be deluded into believing that anything–especially people’s bloodlines remain anything close to purely static. Current genetic research has pretty well proven that European races–virtually all of them, initially crawled out of Africa.

  6. Actually “tonto”: being Greek is far more than a langauge and religion. there are also cultural elements. Massive aspects of our culture trace thesmelves not to ancient Eskimos but ancient Greeks.

    Your attempt to turn Greeks into non-Greeks only emphasizs you are not Greek yourself. Just an anti-Greek troller pretending to be Greek.

    I never said Greeks were a pure race trollski. The English aren’t a pure race either. Neither are the Germans. Neither are the Jews. Neither are the chinese. etc.. etc..

    Your obsessioin with deconstructing greeks identity into nothingness, when Greeks have far far more in common with ancient peers than any other group on the planet, only demonstrates you are racist towards greeks.

  7. Get over yourself, Alex. You’re just a human like the rest of us poor slobs. Hitler tried to expound upon a perfect race too. There is no “Uberman” my friend. And don’t be too sure I’m not Greek–maybe just a bit more realistic and humble than you.

    The way you turn everything into a racial issue, coupled with your paranoid fears of a Skopian-communist take over just shows you have the tendencies of a “hooligan” mentality when it comes to the zealous “team-protection” syndrome–all born of insecurity, pal. Lighten up about who you are, where you are from. There are Greeks that hale from every continent. American-Greeks and Greek-Americans. Canadian-Greeks and Greek-Canadians. The Human Genome is what we all really have in common.

    When the aliens come down to reek havoc upon us all, you will still be fighting with your brothers from Macedonia. Give it up, Alex. Your ideology is paleolithic.

    By the way–no one on this site fits the definition of an Internet “troll” (abusive, personally vindictive, threatening–read the def.) than you, my friend.

    Peace. Preserve what little blood you have of the ancient Greeks by simply chilling out.

  8. I never said I am not human or an “uberman” you patronizing Greek hating scumbag.

    Why don’t you give your patronizing lectures to your pals in FYROM who have turned into ancient macedonians right before the eyes of their apologists?

  9. FYROM is “macedonians” now?

    The truth comes out. You aren’t Greeks as you tried to manipulatively portray yourself. You are Skopian trolling us. Big surprise there.

  10. Scientists don’t talk about “blood” you crackpot. They talk about genes. Manipulative pseudo-scientific Greek hating Skopian scumbags like you have no clue whatsoever how much we are or aren’t genetically related to ancient Greeks.

  11. Ah. . . now there’s the old Alex we have all come to know and love. You are the poster-child for paranoia, and each time you rant you show your most disturbing tendencies. Take some advice from someone wiser than both of us put together–and he no doubt got this quote from an ancient Greek:

    “Sometimes it is better to remain silent and appear ignorant than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” –Mark Twain

  12. Ah… there is the Skopian troll who pretended to be Greek once again lecturing me on “paranoia”

  13. Ετσι ακριβως ειναι, τα ειπες ολα. Το μονο που ξερουν οι σημερινοι Ελληνες να κανουν ειναι να κακο-αντιγραφουν αυτα που τους πλασαρει η “Δυση” και να το παιζουν δηθεν περηφανοι Ελληνες. Και αν τους ρωτησεις “και τι σε κανει περηφανο που εισαι Ελληνας?” Τοτε εκει δεν υπαρχει απαντηση.

  14. So true THE ANCIENT GREEKS have nothing to do do with the modern geeks! Its like the DNA has been deleted a million times? The same story in Egypt! The Modern Egyptians want to believe they are direct descendants of THE EGYPTIANS that built the PYRAMIDS? But in reality they are in the minus zero DNA chain and are distant bastards leftover after the departure.

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