It seems obvious, but dietary suggestions, health advice, and other matters of science are best left to the professionals. Not everyone agrees with this, however, as we're constantly being bombarded by celebrity-endorsed health tips that make absolutely no sense at all. For example, supermodel Naomi Campbell, actor Ashton Kutcher, and his mom Demi Moore follow a diet that includes nothing but maple syrup, lemon, and pepper, for periods up to two weeks. Can you imagine?
"What's for breakfast, Mom?" Ashton asks Demi.
"Same as yesterday, Ashy dear. A bowl of maple syrup."
"Oh, good! And did you remember to pack my lunch?"
"I did indeed. It's a nice, juicy lemon and freshly ground pepper."
Don't get me wrong, I've had lemon and pepper together too. But it was slathered on a grilled piece of chicken.
Naomi Campbell told Oprah (of all people) that she follows this diet because "it's good to clean out your body once in a while."
With maple syrup? Sorry, I don't get it.
Naomi, Ashton, and Demi, however, are nutritional visionaries compared to pop star Sarah Harding. Sarah told Now magazine that she crumbles charcoal -- that's right, Kingsford briquettes -- over her food. According to the article, she does this because, quote, charcoal doesn't taste of anything and apparently absorbs all the -- and here she uses the technical medical term -- "bad damaging stuff in the body."
The Sense About Science group asked chemical scientist Dr. John Elmsley to comment on this idea. When he finally stopped laughing, Dr. Elmsley said that while charcoal is known to absorb toxic molecules when used in gas masks and sewage treatment -- notice he made no mention of the human digestive system -- it's unnecessary when it comes to diet. It seems as though the body is already capable of managing the "bad damaging stuff."
Which brings us to British cage fighter Alex Reid.
Remember the scene in the movie "Rocky" where Stallone wakes up at the crack of dawn and chugs a glassful of raw eggs? Disgusting, right? Well, Alex Reid's training regimen takes this concept to entirely new level. To prepare for a big fight -- I swear I'm not making this up -- he "reabsorbs" his sperm.
"I believe that semen has a lot of nutrition," Reid says. "A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons, and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaah."
So let me see if I understand this. Alex Reid is training for a fight, and he has two choices for dinner. On the one hand, he has a large steak, a cheese omelette, orange slices and a glass of lemonade. On the other hand, he has a shot glass of his homemade man chowder. He's saying this is an equal choice? Call me crazy, but why not just eat the steak and eggs?
But hey, maybe that's why I'm not a cage fighter.
|Please tell me Alex Reid didn't lose to THIS Tom Watson.|
I wonder if his nickname is "The Spermanator".
In addition to being thoroughly grossed-out, scientist John Aplin said sperm can't be reabsorbed. The little buggers die after a few days, and the nutritional content of the ejaculate is really rather small. As though that's the only drawback.
You know, now that I think about it, "Knucklehead's Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle" isn't such a bad idea. Compared to these other diets, a Double-Double couldn't possibly do any harm.
Of course, you'll want to sprinkle some charcoal on it first.