Can a man really survive by eating nothing but potatoes for a year? Well, one man actually tried. The results will shock you.
1. The Martian
In last year’s blockbuster ‘The Martian’, a character played by Matt Damon survives by eating a potato grown out of his own feces.
2. Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
He had to wait for help in outer space for more than 100 days. In order to survive, he decided to grow potatoes on Mars.
3. The Bizarre Project
Andrew Flinders Taylor committed himself to eating solely potatoes in order to overcome his food addiction.
4. He Ate around 6 Lbs (2.5 kg) of Potatoes on a Daily Basis
He began to lose weight, as intended. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates, but they aren’t rich in proteins.
5. Weight Loss
He weighed 334 lbs (151.5 kg), and in just 28 days he lost 22 lbs (9.9 kg). That’s because potatoes have a low-fat content.
6. He Took Pictures Every Day
Except for the weight loss, there were no visible results.
7. Sweet Potato
He included the sweet potato in his diet in order to increase his intake of vitamin A, vitamin B, iron and calcium.
8. Bad Potatoes
Potatoes that go bad can become green and produce too much solanine. This happens due to exposure to light. You shouldn’t eat these potatoes because they could cause nausea, vomiting, cramps, fever, dizziness, headaches.
The potato diet wasn’t providing him with enough zinc, chloride, selenium and iodine. Eating only potatoes could affect a person’s immune system, slow down the reproductive system and cause various thyroid gland problems.
10. In the Long Run
A monotonous diet won’t cause serious health issues over a short period of time. But if a man continues to eat the same food over and over again, it could seriously affect his health.
11. Holding to His Project
Taylor had firmly decided to hold on to his intentions. The potato is the best possible choice for a monotonous diet because it has a wide range of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
12. A Specialist’s Opinion
Dr. Jackson stated that eating the same food can cause “sensory satiety”, which could help in losing weight. Of course, eating only one ingredient can’t satisfy our daily needs. The average amount of potato intake would be 10.5 oz (200 g) per day.