5,300-Year-Old Iceman’s Death Reveals The Risks Of The Ketogenic Diet

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In case you’ve been living under a pile of refined sugar, the Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low carb movement, taking people rich and bored enough to care about “macros” by storm. To the chagrin of some medical professionals (most notably Dr Tony Bartone, president of the Australian Medical Association) and the applause of others, the Keto diet has gained momentum, spruiked by celebrity chef Pete Evans and undisputed King of basketball Lebron James.

With every day that passes, what used to be a treatment for epilepsy and autoimmune disease is becoming a focal point for weight loss and #health routines. Advocates take to the streets with Vegan-esque fervour. Documentaries making radical claims hit the Flix. And suddenly your friends are judging you for eating toast for breakfast.

To those of us who prefer to remain wilfully ignorant of our diets of coffee and carbs, archaeology science recently struck a rare blow in our favour: apparently Copper Age humans didn’t like Keto acolytes either. Although the Iceman probably didn’t refer to his diet, which scientists discovered last week to be “remarkably high fat,” as Keto—that’s pretty much exactly definitely what it was.

As reported by Science Daily, “In 1991, German tourists discovered a human body that was later determined to be the oldest naturally preserved ice mummy, known as Ötzi or the Iceman. Now, researchers who have conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Iceman’s stomach contents offer a rare glimpse of our ancestor’s ancient dietary habits.”

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