Mummies Had What???


Clogged arteries are modern phenomena, right?


1 hambOh if we just stopped eating all those evil dripping with delicious fat hamburgers we would all be healthy. Right?

Oh if we just ate less processed food and more greens and grains life would be akin to the Garden of Eden and we would all be healthy and happy and live longer. Right?

Oh if we could just hearken back to olden days when we did not have sugar laden sodas we would all live forever with perfect BMIs and no clogged arteries. Right?

Wrong. Dream on. As my father used to say, “There is nothing new under the sun.” 

Researchers performed CAT scans on mummies and guess what they discovered.

This new research shows that hardening of the arteries was more common in anciet humans than believed until now.

Just read a few of the recent headlines:

“There’s a belief that if we go back in time, everything’s going to be OK,” says cardiologist Greg Thomas of the University of California, Irvine, a senior member of the study team. “But these mummies still have coronary artery disease.” The paper is published in the current issue of The Lancet.

The researchers used cat scans on mummies of forager-farmers as well as hunter-gathers with a diet of mostly fish. Calcified plaques1 early humans were found in 47, or 34%, of the 137 mummies that were studied. Shocking, that is about the same percentage of people who have plaque build up today.

The assumption that some people make that says if we would just emulate pre-industrial diets hardening of the arteries would disappear and could be avoided is simply and plain wrong.

The study concludes:

The presence of atherosclerosis in premodern human beings suggests that the disease is an inherent component of human aging and not associated with any specific diet or lifestyle. [Emphasis mine.]

Now this doesn’t mean I am going to go out and gorge on fatty, sugary foods. It just means I will continue with my basic food and eating guide espoused here at More Thyme Than Dough dozens of times :

That is I will eat pretty much what I like and what I want. And I will enjoy it too!!! As always, I will eat less of it, add a veggie or two, and make it a colorful diet too.  All of this in moderation.

Life is fatal and we all die of something. So until then, I am going to enjoy all the wonderful things here on this beautiful earth that I can with the goal of living as long as I can.

What say you?
Featured Recipe       Lemnony Harvard Beets


I love the interplay of sweet and tart in this dish. It is a perfect balance between the two.

I haven’t shared a side dish with you in a in awhile. Side dishes are often under rated. Sides add color, zest, and fun to the main dish.

This time tested recipe is brought up to date with a twist of lemon. This recipe comes from Cookery For 1 or 2 by Barbara Swain. The recipe can easily be doubled.

It is a great side with beef, chicken, pork, or fish. It is a favorite of mine and of my friends. It makes a wonderful side for Thanksgiving meals.

I mostly like it because it is so easy and takes no time at all!

Best of all is how little it costs.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon butter

1 8 ounce can beets, any cut

½ teaspoon cornstarch

Dash of ground ginger*

Salt to taste

*Or fresh if you have some in the fridge.


Here is what you do:

Drain the beets reserving 1 tablespoon of the juice. I love the smell of beet juice, don’t you?


Combine the brown sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and butter in a medium pan.

Except for the brown sugar I do not measure anything. I just eyeball it juice and zest the lemon straight into the pan.


Add beets to the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium low heat. Cover and simmer until heated through about 6 minutes.



While the beets are heating blend the cornstarch and reserved beet juice until smooth.



Mix into the hot beets. Simmer and stir until thickened and clear. Add the salt and ginger. Gently mix into the beets.


Zest some lemon peel on top of the finished dish.


Bon appétit!!!


2 tablespoons brown sugar              $0.11

2 tablespoons lemon juice               $0.49

1 teaspoon lemon zest                    In cost above

1 tablespoon butter                         $0.08

Dash of ground ginger                     $0.16

1 8 ounce can beets                        $1.05

½ teaspoon cornstarch                   $0.01

Salt to taste

Total cost = $1.90
Cost per person = $0.63

Quote of the Day

Sometimes we become so focused on the finish line, that we fail to find joy in the journey.



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