Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Monkey Business

Now, this is too funny. According to this BBC piece, a Brit reality special was planned based on what would happen if you took nine ordinary folks and put them in a zoo--specifically, a tent in a zoo in Devon, England. The participants agreed to eat the same diet as the inhabitants of the Ape House next door for 12 days.

One volunteer, for example, weighed 266 pounds (19 stone). His normal breakfast was four slices of toast, followed by a mid-morning snack of a bacon, egg and sausage sandwich; fish and chips for lunch; Chinese takeout for dinner. By the end of his experience emulating the Great Apes for 12 days, he had lost 12-1/2 pounds, and reduced his cholesterol by 20 percent. All participants experienced greater energy and better overall feeling of health.

So, what did the Apes and the apers eat? That would be 2,300 calories of raw food: broccoli, carrots, radishes, cabbage, tomatoes, watercress, strawberries, apricots, bananas, mangoes, melons, figs, plums, satsumas, and hazelnuts.

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