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Strange Nutrition Facts

Insects

In the United States, it is estimated that every adult unconsciously consumes one pound of insects each year. This is due to garden produce, poor restaurant and home hygiene, and commercial foods for which the USDA allows a certain amount of insect fragments. But hey, at least they’re a good source of protein, right?

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Later age weight gain

Weight gained after one’s early twenties is linked to higher chances of heart disease, cancer, infertility, gallstones, and asthma. It’s also been linked to snoring, so keep it off if you don’t want to annoy everyone forced to share a room with you!

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Minerals

Minerals only constitute 4% of our body weight because, unlike carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, they do not furnish energy. Examples of minerals include calcium, iron, and sodium.

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Cannibalism

While the practice of cannibalism does give the eaters some high-quality protein, human flesh is no more beneficial than most animal meat. It tends to serve a more symbolic purpose in the cultures that perform it.

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Swallowing

A person will usually swallow around 250 times during dinner. Source: We forced three of our interns to count, and averaged the result. Just kidding, it comes from a 2001 UC Berkeley study.

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Vitamin B12

Women who are planning to get pregnant are encouraged to have healthy levels of Vitamin B12 to prevent potential birth defects. Regardless though, Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, neural disorders, and psychotic behavior. Any of these foods contain B12!

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Eggs

Eggs contain the highest quality food protein known. All parts of an egg are edible, including the shell which has a high calcium content. So be sure to eat eggs as often as possible, especially if you’re trying to get in shape!

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Temperature

Temperature can affect appetite: A cold person is likely to eat more food than a someone in a warmer climate. Maybe spend some time in that sauna if you’re looking to lose a little weight?

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Lifetime food intake

A person will eat an average of 35 tons of food in his or her lifetime, or 1,500 pounds of food a year. Even if you have a desk job, your body is burning calories all the time to keep you at the weight you are now!

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Limeys

The English are sometimes called “limeys” because British sailors would eat limes to stave off scurvy. Limes were later replaced by lemons due to the lack of adequate vitamin C in lime juice.

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Poor nutrition in older cultures

Due to poor nutrition as children, many Greeks and Romans were shorter than people today. Men from Pompeii, for example, averaged 5 ft. 5-½ in. and women averaged 5 ft. 2 in. It must have been so emasculating, getting dunked on by girls all the time on the basketball court.

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Starvation

An adult can starve to death within 8-12 weeks. In the final stages of starvation, adults can experience hallucinations, convulsions, severe muscle pain, and irregular heart rhythms. Organs weakened by starvation may actually burst if food is given too quickly.

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Odd cravings

Pregnant women sometimes crave non-nutritive substances, such as plaster or dirt. This may suggest the person lacks certain minerals, such as iron. If you’re pregnant, just try not to eat dirt! Heck, even donuts are better for you.

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Hachi Bu

Okinawans tend to live longer than any other ethnic group due in part to their practice of Hachi Bu, where they eat until they’re 80% full. It is also thought to be due to their diet of complex carbohydrates and plant-based food, as well as physical activity.

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Some etymology

The word “health” comes from the Anglo-Saxon term “hal” meaning “wholeness.” Additionally, “Nutrition” is derived from the Latin “nutrie,” meaning feed, nurse, preserve, or support.

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