Sunday, April 03, 2005

Essentials of the human diet

If you were living in conditions of scarcity, what would you have to be sure of consuming?

1. Water
2. Salt
3. Fat
4. Protein
5. Carbohydrate (not essential if you have fat and protein, but useful)

After that, you need vitamins A, B1, B2, niacin, folate, C, D (but you get that from sunlight), E, K plus some minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc etc.

A good source of the protein, fat and many of the vitamins is meat (as long as it is not too lean). Beef is ideal. You need some kind of vegetable that contains good quantities of vitamin C, folate and maybe carbohydrate if possible. Potatoes would be good for this. Fry the potatoes in vegetable oil for extra vitamin E and K. A good source of B vitamins is wheat - so bread would be ideal. Perhaps a bit of dairy-derived food for the calcium and extra vitamins would be the icing on the cake.

So, that ideal meal to consume in circumstances of scarcity? Step forward cheeseburger and chips!

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