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Medieval farmers ate 7000-9000 calories a dsy

Posted on 2/19/24 at 5:56 pm
Posted by athenslife101
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 5:56 pm
Was watching something and they casually dropped this bit of knowledge.

And this calorie intake has existed throughout history till about the 19th century for farmers.

1. No wonder there were so many famines
2. Their latrines after feast days…. Yuck

Posted by Loup
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 5:58 pm to
Gosh dang I'm guessing they ate globs of butter with meals?

I remember watching or reading something about British sailors in the 17-1800s and it said they ate about 5k calories a day. A lot of the calories were from butter
This post was edited on 2/19/24 at 5:59 pm
Posted by mdomingue
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 5:59 pm to
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Gosh dang I'm guessing they ate globs of butter with meals?



Lots of porridge or gruel
Posted by athenslife101
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:00 pm to
Primarily bread
Posted by Sao
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:00 pm to
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Medieval farmers ate 7000-9000 calories a dsy


How? What?
Posted by CollegeFBRules
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:01 pm to
What was the typical daily calorie burn of a medieval farmer?
Posted by LegendInMyMind
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:04 pm to
Every bit of work they did was manual labor to a degree. I'd imagine they worked dawn-to-dusk.
This post was edited on 2/19/24 at 6:06 pm
Posted by Hawgnsincebirth55
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:04 pm to
I would need to see the research to believe that. You have to try to eat that many calories a day. Even in caloric dense food
Posted by BuckyCheese
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:05 pm to
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Gosh dang I'm guessing they ate globs of butter with meals?

Posted by Lawyered
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:07 pm to
Hard work manually plowing the fields
Posted by madamsquirrel
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:08 pm to
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How? What?
my first thought also
Posted by Pandy Fackler
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:08 pm to
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Medieval farmers ate 7000-9000 calories a day


I don't know if this is true or not but what I do know is that before industrialization took root, people awoke in the morning and worked all fricking day long. They had to eat mass quantities and even then, they were often skinny as shite.

Constant, unyielding manual labor will do that to you.
Posted by SouthPlains
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:09 pm to
The Gary Chambers Starvation Diet
Posted by dbeck
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:09 pm to
A lot of their calories were from alcoholic drinks (beers, ales, meads, ciders, etc) which were safer than water.
Posted by nitwit
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:10 pm to
Highly unlikely.
By multiples.
For the most part, Europe was starving in the Middle Ages. Not episodically
, but by caloric deprivation. Urban residents often were consuming less than 1500 cals./ day.
This is why disease spread so quickly over large populations, including plagues. People were weak and compromised.
In the Americas, indigenous folks were consuming many more calories per day at that time.
Posted by Sao
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:11 pm to
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Every bit of work they did was manual labor to a degree. I'd imagine they worked dawn-to-dusk.


I can't fathom it. In the 800s, the average man ate 7000 calories in Europe? In feudal times?
This post was edited on 2/19/24 at 6:12 pm
Posted by el Gaucho
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:11 pm to
It’s true. People of size have always existed. It’s called genetics


They had cavepeople of size too
Posted by Ancient Astronaut
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:13 pm to
Pic of Medieval farmer

Posted by athenslife101
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:13 pm to
I think it makes sense for manual laborers. Not for everyone though.

We have athletes today who easily match or exceed that

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Michel Rouche, on the other hand, asserted that the typical Carolingian-including the peasants-had access to a monotonous, but abundant, supply of foodstuffs and may have consumed an average of 6,000-9,000 calories per day.
Posted by Sao
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:17 pm to
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I think it makes sense for manual laborers. Not for everyone though.


Think about that, though. The sheer amount of not only food cooking per man, but harvest/kill/store per man per day seems impossible.
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