Monday, November 19, 2007
The Emperor of Ice Cream
Is is possible to live on bread and water only?
For a while, yes.
We're assuming a good brand of unenriched white bread.
But then you would develop scurvey (lack of vitamin c), beriberi (lack of vitamin B), rickets (lack of vitamine D), kakke disease (see beriberi), and you would eventually be deprived of essential amino acids, that is, ones you cannot synthesize. That would lead to a loss of protein and breakdown of muscles.
There are also essential fatty acids, such as arachidonic acid.
So even if your diet were restricted to bread, water and a vitamin pill, you eventually would waste away.
Your teeth would fall out, your connective tissue disintegrate, and you would develop pressure sores.
But on the brighter side, you would definitely lose weight.