By Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Otzi the Iceman had a deep love for high-fat meals, say researchers who analyzed the historic guy’s final meal.
The oldest naturally preserved ice mummy used to be found out in the Eastern Italian Alps in 1991.
Researchers mentioned their research of Otzi’s abdomen contents be offering essential clues about the consuming conduct of other people in Europe going again greater than five,000 years, and likewise expose clues about their meals preparation.
Otzi’s final meal confirmed a “remarkably high proportion of fat in his diet, supplemented with wild meat from ibex and red deer, cereals from einkorn, and with traces of toxic bracken [ferns],” mentioned researcher Frank Maixner. He’s with the Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies in Bolzano, Italy.
The find out about used to be printed July 12 in the magazine Current Biology.
The high-fat nutrition used to be sudden, however “totally makes sense” because of the excessive atmosphere wherein Otzi lived, in step with the researchers.
“The high and cold environment is particularly challenging for the human physiology and requires optimal nutrient supply to avoid rapid starvation and energy loss,” Albert Zink, additionally from Eurac Research Institute, mentioned in a magazine information free up.
“The Iceman seemed to have been fully aware that fat represents an excellent energy source,” Zink added.
The wild meat fed on by way of Otzi used to be eaten contemporary or possibly dried. The presence of poisonous bracken debris might be because of Otzi taking bracken as a strategy to deal with intestinal issues led to by way of parasites, or by way of the usage of the leaves to wrap meals.
The researchers additionally found out lines of Otzi’s unique digestive bacterial group and plan to take a look at to reconstruct it.