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Originally posted by Bendii
My grandson ,who is 12 has survived on potatoes. We all were very worried that he would not be healthy when he gets older. We have tried everything to change his diet. The school even tried to train him to eat something else. Even tried not giving him potatoes and have him eat something else. Didnot work. He would start throwing up. When he is here with me, he will start gagging when I cook cabbage, have kraut on the table, boiled eggs and the list goes on and on. He will drink milk..doesn't like chocolate milk. And he will eat bread and ketchup.. The only fruit he will eat is a banana. he will not eat any meat at all. Does like peanut butter and soda crackers. Does not like any candy but a Hersey bar..without the almonds. Likes roasted peanuts. He does take vitamins.
He is healthy and his blood work shows his iron level is normal. So That is One for the potato.
Different people will have different tolerances to vitamin deficiencies, and fat soluble vitamins will have different depletion rates than water soluble vitamins. But it's known that sailors sometimes had vitamin C deficiencies for example, so some aspects of nutrition science have been proven.
Originally posted by halfoldman
- does survival testimony always support "modern nutritional science"?
Often the survivors' narratives are very different from what what we are told humans need to survive.
I think the vitamin is key when the diet is limited in variety:
For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.
His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most -- not the nutritional value of the food...
But you might expect other indicators of health would have suffered. Not so.
Haub's "bad" cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent and his "good" cholesterol, or HDL, increased by 20 percent. He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent.
"That's where the head scratching comes," Haub said. "What does that mean? Does that mean I'm healthier?
Two-thirds of his total intake came from junk food. He also took a multivitamin pill and drank a protein shake daily. And he ate vegetables, typically a can of green beans or three to four celery stalks. Families who live in food deserts have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, so they often rely on the kind of food Haub was eating.