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Drink made of plant ashes



carinita
Argentina

Drink made of plant ashes
 
Please help me understand this:
"Results show gladiators mostly ate a vegetarian diet, consisting of grain
  • To counteract lack of protein, evidence suggests they also drank ‘ash tonic ´
  • Plant ashes mixed with vinegar is said to have been a pre-cursor to the modern-day sports drink"


  • Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2801412/roman-gladiators-ate-vegetarian-diet-washed-sports-drink-plant-ashes-vinegar.html#ixzz3WkghlouW
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    When you mix ash with vinegar and/ or water, do you get a liquid substance? I used a text similar to this for a reading activity and the "plant ashes drink" sounded or still sounds weird to me. 
    P. S. Please answer asap. I´m attaching the reading activity to an annual plan as a model lesson.
    Thank you!

    8 Apr 2015      



    yanogator
    United States

    I ´m sure that it would depend on the amount of liquid, but it seems that a few grams of ashes in a half liter of water or vinegar would definitely be liquid.

     

    Bruce 

    8 Apr 2015     



    Jayho
    Australia

    I did a bit of googling and that´s very interesting, Caranita! Their own energy sports drink or ´ash tonic´.
     
    Instead of plant ashes drinks the various articles refer to it as a plant ash drink.
     
    Cheers
     
    Jayho

    8 Apr 2015     



    alien boy
    Japan

    Unfortunately I don ´t have a recipe for you, Caranita, but I do have some interesting links, if you want to read them!

     http://lifeandhealth.org/nutrition/diet-secrets-of-the-gladiators/123162.html

    From http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2005/2005-10-33.html (sorry, the whole article is a little long winded)
     
     Very commonly, Roman pharmacologists prepared ingredients in compound remedies by charring them, or reducing them to ash, with the apparent belief that simples gave their best results in this form.
     
     
    If I manage to locate a recipe, I ´ll add it to  this post!
    Cheers,
    AB 

    8 Apr 2015     



    carinita
    Argentina

    Bruce You ´re so right!! It ´s a matter of common sense.
    Thanks for answering everybody! 

    8 Apr 2015     



    Peter Hardy
    Australia

    It does sound a bit strange, indeed. Nevertheless, I remember drinking that stuff as a kid when we had diarrhea. My mum didn ´t believe in doctors and had many ´ancient ´ solutions instead.  And I ´m still here after many years, so it didn ´t kill me, although I did think as a kid it would.  (See picture of me and my friends below as proof :-)
     
    As such, I like the following quote from one of AB ´s articles: Just because we live in the 21st century does not necessarily mean we are more competent than people were in the past. Let’s also remember the importance of learning from history, as there are many fascinating lessons (and maybe even diet secrets) just waiting to be rediscovered.
     
    Cheers, Peter
     
    Image result for spartacus gladiator
     
    P.s. Check this out: 30 uses for wood ashes, you never thought of @

    8 Apr 2015     



    yanogator
    United States

     But, Peter, did it work?

    Bruce
     

    8 Apr 2015     



    alien boy
    Japan

    Here ´s a couple of other related links:

     http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/what-did-gladiators-eat/

     
     
    From Pliny, the Elder: “For abdominal cramp or bruises,” states Marcus Varro, and I quote his very words, “your hearth should be your medicine chest. Drink lye made from its ashes, and you will be cured. One can see how gladiators after a combat are helped by drinking this.”
    Pliny, Natural History XXXVI.203
     

    A caution abot Pliny´s reliability: In an email to Bible History Daily, University of Hawaii at Manoa classicist Daniel Harris-McCoy offers a caution when using Pliny the Elder as a textual source: “Pliny the Elder is willing to print anything and everything, which makes him fun to read but sometimes hard to use as a source of solid information. He includes wild ‘facts’ about the giant gold-digging ants of India and even talks about ancient hallucinogenic drugs. But the material about gladiators consuming an ash drink seems credible, especially since Varro is his source.”

    Cheers,
    AB 

    8 Apr 2015     



    cunliffe
    United Kingdom

    Very interesting post! I love dear Pliny the Elder, who by the way, underwent (is that a word?) death by ash. Peter, my mother used to give me hot brandy mixed with sugar, for any ailment at all. So, it was a short hop from that to my tipple as a young woman - brandy and Babycham. 36 of those and I was ready for anything!

    9 Apr 2015     



    carinita
    Argentina

    Many thanks for commenting!

    9 Apr 2015