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  1. #1 Could we live on pills alone??? 
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    I was bored at work tonight, and I started thinking, we consume food, and there is a lot of waste product. Could we in fact eat nothing but concentrated pills and survive. If we did this, what would be the consequences??? Discuss


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    no


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    No as your body still produces waste which needs to be excreted; we need roughage and fibre from food.
    Also you require 2500 calories a day (if a man), this is a large amount and you'd need a LOT of pills to consume this kind of amount.
    Finally, chewing is an important part of beginning digestion; pills arent the best way to consume and absorb nutrients.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie
    we need roughage and fibre from food.
    I sense this a widespread deficiency in wealthy consumer cultures. For sure it's my son's single dietary issue.

    Roughage is difficult to quantify. Even how one chews is going to effect it.
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    No not really; fibre is mostly cellulose; it isnt the shape or texture that really matters; just that it remains undigested and absorbs water which contributes to faecal bulk.
    Your chewing has a minimal effect on your poo!!!
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    It has a huge effect on your throat though.. =P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie
    No not really; fibre is mostly cellulose; it isnt the shape or texture that really matters; just that it remains undigested and absorbs water which contributes to faecal bulk.
    Your chewing has a minimal effect on your poo!!!
    I see you're right. I'd thought the mechanical action of passing large indigestible bits beneficial (I personally swallow a lot of stuff that comes out more or less intact). So stringy raw vegetables aren't any better in terms of fibre than, say, whole wheat bread? I'd like to see a general statement regarding what foods include cellulose and what foods don't, especially regarding baked goods.
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    ooh I've thought about this before



    'pills' no. modern day pills contain only the neccessary qualities needed for their function.


    The concept however is good. Fibre is only nesseccary because of the amount of toxins and non-nutrients we take in. this is consistant throughout history. only through modern science would it be remotely possible to survive otherwise
    The idea of a 'pill' or dollop of nutrient paste is by no means original. check out sci-fi books and movies and futuristic fascism you will probably find some refference to it. it is possible to live off a paste containing the neccessary minerals and nutrients. the 2500 calorie a day thing is meerly an average and a nutrient paste could easily contain 10000 calories

    proof of this is a girl who lived for 13 years from a nutrient liquid drip straight into her stomach. she didn't have an eosopagus or somesuch


    so yes it is possible to live on pills .... sort of
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booms
    futuristic fascism
    Sorry, what?
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