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the histories behind nutrition

Nutrition History (From Parts Unknown‪)‬ Eamonn McKay

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the histories behind nutrition

    The History of Beriberi

    The History of Beriberi

    This is the story of beriberi. For more than 1500 years, beriberi was known as poison wind affliction, a sickness produced by chronic exposure to damp winds. In reality, beriberi is caused by the absence of a vital nutrient in the diet (vitamin B1) the human body requires in amounts less than one thousandth of a gram per day— the same amount that could fill a standard vitamin capsule 500 times.

    • 33 min
    Sugar: Superfood of Medieval Times

    Sugar: Superfood of Medieval Times

    In Episode 13 of Nutrition History from Parts Unknown, we're  talking on sugar, the unlikely superfood of medieval times. We'll be tracing the emergence of sugar in fine medieval cuisine and discussing its importance in maintaining a health humoural complexion, as well as its many medicinal applications.

    • 23 min
    Medieval Plague Regimens for Bubo-Free Living Pt. 2

    Medieval Plague Regimens for Bubo-Free Living Pt. 2

    In Episode 12 of Nutrition History from Parts Unknown, we're continuing where we left off in Episode 11, talking on the 14th century medical community's response to the Black Death of 1347-51.
    This response was most exhaustively detailed in a genre of literature known as 'Plague Regimen'. These were popular medical manuals which provided the reader an understanding of the pestilence's origins, and advised on lifestyle interventions to prevent catching the disease. The advice of the Plague Regimen focused on the six medieval lifestyle factors, or "non-naturals" : air quality, sleep, physical activity, excretion and retention (this included bathing and sex), emotional health, and diet. 

    • 18 min
    Medieval Plague Regimens for Bubo-Free Living Pt. 1

    Medieval Plague Regimens for Bubo-Free Living Pt. 1

    In Episode 11 of Nutrition History from Parts Unknown, we're talking the 14th century medical community's response to the Black Death of 1347-51. This response was most exhaustively detailed in a genre of literature known as 'Plague Regimen'. These were popular medical manuals which provided the reader an understanding of the pestilence's origins, and advised on lifestyle interventions to prevent catching the disease. The advice of the Plague Regimen focused on the six medieval lifestyle factors, or "non-naturals" : air quality, sleep, physical activity, excretion and retention (this included bathing and sex), emotional health, and diet. 

    • 36 min
    The Early Days of Protein Science

    The Early Days of Protein Science

    On Episode 10 of Nutrition History from Parts Unknown, we’re dishing out three stories on the early history of protein and its role in the nutritional sciences of the 19th century.

    The first of these stories delves into the French Gelatin Controversy of the 1830s. Next up we’re talking on a Justis von Liebig and his Extract of Meat, and we’ll finish up with a history of the confrontation between vegetarianism and the meat-centred dietetics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    • 43 min
    The Asian and American Ginseng Histories

    The Asian and American Ginseng Histories

    In episode 9 of Nutrition History from Parts Unknown, we are talking about one of the oldest and most renowned herbal medicine in the history of the world—ginseng. Ginseng has a history spanning thousands of years and three continents— it’s story is one filled with various intrigues and some chicanery, connecting an unlikely cast of characters including Manchurian emperors, French Jesuit priests, and a famed American woodsmen.

    • 39 min

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Bjartur108 ,

Really interesting!

It’s cool to learn about food different periods. I especially liked the pellagraand medieval episodes. I hope you talk more about ancient and non-western food history in future episodes.

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