What do you reckon is the minimum number of whole foods you could live on?

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  • sport 16 Feb 2012 14:30:53 12,046 posts
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    Excluding water, and no funny artificially created super puree, what is the minimum number of whole foods you could live on?

    Not talking about quantity.
  • Psychotext 16 Feb 2012 14:32:36 52,782 posts
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    What's a whole food?
  • cianchristopher 16 Feb 2012 14:34:38 6,360 posts
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    3.

    No wait, 4.
  • sport 16 Feb 2012 14:35:45 12,046 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    What's a whole food?
    Sorry, bad choice of words. Lets say natural foods instead. So, if bananas and tuna provided everything your body needs, you could live off just them and be healthy.
  • billythekid 16 Feb 2012 14:38:57 10,805 posts
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    You could live on a whole elephant for quite a while.
  • MetalDog 16 Feb 2012 14:40:22 23,706 posts
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    Ah, living and living and being healthy makes quite a difference.

    Umm...
    Milk
    Mackerel
    Oats
    Something dark green and leafy
    Limes

    Would that do it, or would you get rickets or something?

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Psychotext 16 Feb 2012 14:41:51 52,782 posts
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    Hmm... I'd say probably 6 then.

    Chicken
    Chillies
    Milk
    Spinach
    Tomatoes
    Wild Rice

    More for the minimum variety (for me).

    Edited by Psychotext at 14:43:39 16-02-2012
  • sport 16 Feb 2012 14:42:14 12,046 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    You could live on a whole elephant for quite a while.
    Actually that's a good point, don't the Inuits live on nothing but seal blubber?
  • mrharvest 16 Feb 2012 14:43:10 5,155 posts
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    I'd say 4:
    quinoa
    chickpeas or salmon
    pumpkin or carrots
    iodised salt

    I think that should cover everything in the RDI. Don't sue me if you die...
  • kalel 16 Feb 2012 14:43:34 83,875 posts
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    You need to define live on. I reckon you could go for a few long time eating just one.

    In fact, giving the rate my kid grows on just milk, I'm starting to wonder if that would work for adults. He has all the same organs that I do...
  • cianchristopher 16 Feb 2012 14:44:02 6,360 posts
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    Facepalm wrote:
    Ask Zomoniac.

    He has scales on his desk at work as well as in his kitchen, everything gets weighed, counted and analysed, down to the last milligram of sodium.

    I wish I was joking.
    Yeah, but he does have a gamerscore of around 150,000 though. So that's kinda cool!
  • mrpon 16 Feb 2012 14:46:11 27,645 posts
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    Are you wanting a scientific answer or personal? If it's the latter, I guess I could live on baked beans.

    =3

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • MetalDog 16 Feb 2012 14:46:33 23,706 posts
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    You do see programmes about people who've been living on toast, burnt sausages and coke for fifteen years, so it's clearly possible to exist on a vastly inappropriate diet for a hell of a long time.

    You probably feel like shit though.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • sport 16 Feb 2012 14:46:52 12,046 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    You need to define live on. I reckon you could go for a few long time eating just one.

    In fact, giving the rate my kid grows on just milk, I'm starting to wonder if that would work for adults. He has all the same organs that I do...
    Let's say you'll lead the same lifestyle you lead currently. You want these minimum ingredients to last your whole life. Forget taste and the number of calories etc.
  • MightyMetalMonkey 16 Feb 2012 14:47:35 599 posts
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    Um, how natural a food are do-nuts ?
  • MetalDog 16 Feb 2012 14:47:49 23,706 posts
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    Humans are omnivores, you pillock!

    @edit
    I was aiming for carbs and a different type of fibre with the oats, but I might be mistaken on those.

    Edited by MetalDog at 14:49:09 16-02-2012

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • sport 16 Feb 2012 14:49:09 12,046 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    You do see programmes about people who've been living on toast, burnt sausages and coke for fifteen years, so it's clearly possible to exist on a vastly inappropriate diet for a hell of a long time.

    You probably feel like shit though.
    Yeah, you could stay in bed all day, not have any energy, but we still want that.

    Hmmmm pointless discussion I guess unless someone here is an ace nutritionist, but it's just for fun.
  • MetalDog 16 Feb 2012 14:51:08 23,706 posts
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    @sport
    For my mental health, if I could only eat a limited number of ingredients for the rest of my natural, I'd probably opt for lamb tikka with salad =)
    I might not live as long on that, but fuck it. Lamb tikka is awesome.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • megastar 16 Feb 2012 14:52:39 17,104 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Hmmmm pointless discussion I guess unless
    ..unless you have abducted someone and are keeping them in your basement and because of the recent economic climate you are trying to keep the costs of keeping them alive down?

    Times are 'ard!!
  • sport 16 Feb 2012 14:58:55 12,046 posts
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    megastar wrote:
    sport wrote:
    Hmmmm pointless discussion I guess unless
    ..unless you have abducted someone and are keeping them in your basement and because of the recent economic climate you are trying to keep the costs of keeping them alive down?

    Times are 'ard!!
    :-D ...and I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!
  • cianchristopher 16 Feb 2012 15:01:02 6,360 posts
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    Could you eat an elephant's vagina?
  • megastar 16 Feb 2012 15:05:00 17,104 posts
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    you could but you'd probably need to wear goggles!
  • MetalDog 16 Feb 2012 15:06:39 23,706 posts
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    Eurogamer:
    From nutrition to abduction and elephants vaginas in less than 30 posts or your money back.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • sport 16 Feb 2012 15:08:21 12,046 posts
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    Interesting read: http://discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-paradox


    What the diet of the Far North illustrates, says Harold Draper, a biochemist and expert in Eskimo nutrition, is that there are no essential foods—only essential nutrients. And humans can get those nutrients from diverse and eye-opening sources.

    One might, for instance, imagine gross vitamin deficiencies arising from a diet with scarcely any fruits and vegetables. What furnishes vitamin A, vital for eyes and bones? We derive much of ours from colorful plant foods, constructing it from pigmented plant precursors called carotenoids (as in carrots). But vitamin A, which is oil soluble, is also plentiful in the oils of cold-water fishes and sea mammals, as well as in the animals’ livers, where fat is processed.
  • Deleted user 16 February 2012 15:09:13
    Chips
  • kalel 16 Feb 2012 15:09:18 83,875 posts
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    Soylent Green is all you need.
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