Gulp… Part 2.

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Because you’re equally and fascinated and repulsed, admit it.

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I wouldn’t think so, but in the early 1900’s Horace Fletcher sought to prove it. His premise was this… if we chewed our food more thoroughly we would eat (and defecate) less. And by chew I don’t mean the 32 times rule, no. Old Horace believed one bite of shallot required 722 mastications. At that rate… by the time you finished breakfast, it would time for lunch.

And who has time for that?

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Horace was a trifle obsessed with reducing human waste and believed by chewing our food into liquid, we could poop one tenth the normal amount.

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And if you think Horace was the only researcher interested in how food was processed back in the day, let me introduce you to William Beaumont.

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This surgeon left an open wound in his patient so he could shove food straight into the stomach and observe the process of digestion. He even removed and sold the poor man’s gastric juices.

Mary Roach devotes an entire chapter to this horrible long term relationship, but I’ll just leave a link if you care to read more about it.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grisly-story-human-guinea-pig-alexis-st-martin-180963520/

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37 thoughts on “Gulp… Part 2.”

  1. Got no colon. No matter how much I chew I excrete liquid almost all the time. But, in the spirit of GULP, I will tell you, some foods come out almost exactly as they went in, such as carrots and raisins. Even their colour is unchanged. Weird!

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      1. Lost it 30 years ago, when the surgery was pretty much experimental, .Life is not the easiest, but one cannot let it get you down. It was even worse prior to the surgery. That I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. But if Trump got it, well, I would not feel sorry for him.

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  2. I don’t know where you are drinking. Where ever it is stop reading those bar napkins and concentrate on your drinking… Use the time to come up with your own theories. There is no way they can be as defective as what you have been reading. Is that red squirrel b&%ch giving you bad dreams ? Sorry I have been hearing / reading too much of the news coming out of Florida. And yes I am going to change the channel. Happy dreams and better drinking.

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  3. Couldn’t respond to your latest post—-“gone”—in any case ‘frozen’ iguanas falling out of trees is not rare down here–it is THE sign that we have winter in Fort Lauderdale—better than snow!!

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