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9/24/2014 3:22:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
So often people say people lived healthier lives in the past because the food was better, claiming since the advent of refinement, we have stripped the food of not only fiber but essential nutrients. This is not a new argument; in fact, Josephus in his Antiquities of the Jews wrote:

"But let no one, upon comparing the lives of the ancients with our lives, and with the few years which we now live, think that what we have said of them is false; or make the shortness of our lives at present an argument, that neither did they attain to so long a duration of life, for those ancients were beloved of God, and [lately] made by God himself; and because their food was then fitter for the prolongation of life, might well live so great a number of years: and besides, God afforded them a longer time of life on account of their virtue, and the good use they made of it in astronomical and geometrical discoveries, which would not have afforded the time of foretelling [the periods of the stars] unless they had lived six hundred years; for the great year is completed in that interval."