Jan 19 2007

Mongol diet, anyone?

Since I wrote that long post about diet the other day, I thought I’d follow it up with this great quote I found. It’s from Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, by Jack Weatherford. It sounds like an interesting book, really; have to add it to the other 100 or so on my to-read list.

The Chinese noted with surprise and disgust the ability of the Mongol warriors to survive on little food and water for long periods; according to one, the entire army could camp without a single puff of smoke since they needed no fires to cook. Compared to the Jurched soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, and they fought men who lived on gruel made from various grains. The grain diet of the peasant warriors stunted their bones, rotted their teeth, and left them weak and prone to disease. In contrast, the poorest Mongol soldier ate mostly protein, thereby giving him strong teeth and bones. Unlike the Jurched soldiers, who were dependent on a heavy carbohydrate diet, the Mongols could more easily go a day or two without food.

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2 Comments

  • Staceylane says:

    Okay you are a very self educating person…..who in turn is so educating me. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your intellect and thought process, amazing Aaron really. You have a gift….keep on using it.

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  • Aaron says:

    Thanks, that’s very kind of you to say so. I’ll try to keep it up. :)

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