Greek nutrition


ImageAncient Greeks thought of  nutrition in terms of the four humors circulating throughout the body. The four humors are the metabolic agents of the Four Elements in the human body as follows:

– Blood – air – dry food

– Phlegm – water – moist food

– Yellow bile – fire – hot food

– Black bile – earth – cold food

The right balance is essential to maintaining health. Greek physicians tried to regulate cold and moist “humors” by providing hot, dry foods and vice versa. A woman’s body was seen as wetter and colder than man’s, so she was to avoid food that would make her even colder and wetter, such as fish, eels, and meat from newborn animals”.

Who would have thought, that my favorite broiled Tilapia in a garlic butter sauce makes me cold 🙂



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