posted on Feb, 20 2009 @ 05:45 PM
reply to post by Dr Love
No, I don't think you could live on prunes, and water for a year. You might get a few weeks out IF you were fairly tough, and in good heath to begin
with. Reasons being:
#1 prunes are dried plums, and your body will have to basically rehydrate them in order to properly digest them. We get a lot of our hydration from
foods we eat. Prunes need extra water instead of supplying extra water. Better have LOTS of extra water.
#2 Prunes are a natural cathartic(makes you poop). Eat half a bag of them tomorrow, and see how it effects your backside. Now imagine eating nothing
but prunes. As your pooper goes into hyperdrive remember you are losing valuable, life sustaining electrolytes every time you blow. Some of those
"lytes" are not being replaced by the prunes, plus the hypermotility you have now set up in your bowels doesn't let them stay in long enough to get
all their nutritive value anyway.
#3 As discussed earlier on this thread prunes aren't a good source of protien, and PEM(protien energy malnutrition) would set in after the first
couple of weeks, and your body would begin to digest it's own lean tissue(muscles, including the heart, liver, kidneys, brain etc... you get the
idea)to support metabolism.
#4 The psycological impact of eating the same food source without any variety would most likely have you pitching perfectly edible prunes at passers
by before any of the physiological symptoms started.
Bananas would be a little better option, but not by much. Yes they are incredibly good for you. As long as your kidney function was ok, and you were
making urine, and not dehydrated, you wouldn't have to worry about a build up of potassium. Potassium is a water soluable nutrient, and your kidneys
maintain the balance perfectly as long as they are working. You can't ingest enough potassium to harm you from food sources as long as your kidneys
are functioning properly. The drawback to bananas would be the same as prunes, minus the cathartic effect of prunes. Amatrine is correct that there is
NO one food that you can solely survive on for an extended period of time. We are omnivores, and must eat that way. It's a matter of genetic