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  •  He'll have illnesses popping up if he (10+ / 0-)

    keeps eating what he's eating for 6 months to a year.

    Basically, he bought a bunch of junk food:

    A quick look at his shopping list shows a decided lack of fresh produce and moreover, a reliance on exactly the kind of processed and junk food that studies show lead directly to obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and a host of other health issues.
       For $21.55 Ferguson purchased at Dollar Tree:
        Two boxes of Honeycomb cereal
        Three cans of red beans and rice
        Jar of peanut butter
        Bottle of grape jelly
        Loaf of whole wheat bread
        Two cans of refried beans
        Box of spaghetti
        Large can of pasta sauce
        Two liters of root beer
        Large box of popsicles
        24 servings of Wyler’s fruit drink mix
        Eight cups of applesauce
        Bag of pinto beans
        Bag of rice
        Bag of cookies

        For $6.03 at the Shoppers Food Warehouse next door Ferguson bought a gallon of milk and a box of maple and brown sugar oatmeal.

    It's possible to live on this kind of junk food, but it is not healthy over time. Even a short time.  He doesn't appear to have enough for 21 balanced meals or 21 meals at all.  What he appears to have is a bunch of junk food to hold off hunger pains for one week of poor nutrition. Spaghetti, plus rice and beans, beans and rice, rice and beans.  And what?  Popsicles for lunch?

    No fresh produce. No meat.  Beans don't have a full compliment of proteins on their own.

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    by YucatanMan on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 09:49:54 PM PDT

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    •  True: (6+ / 0-)
      Beans don't have a full compliment of proteins on their own.
      but in combination with grains, esp. whole grains like whole wheat bread, you get all the protein. And even beans with white rice would provide the complementary proteins.

      After a week on a diet like that, though, I would be craving broccoli and cauliflower and the like.

      He could have skipped the canned refried beans, too, and simply made them himself from his bag of pinto beans. Or bought cans of regular beans and refried them. (That's what I do: a can of pink beans, drained, makes wonderful refritos.)

      Where are the onions? Onions are cheap, and would be essential for rice & beans if only to add some flavor.

      Of course, he probably already has some onions in his larder if he cooks at all -- and he must, if he knows what to do with dried beans and a bag of rice. Spices, too.

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      by Youffraita on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 11:01:24 PM PDT

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    •  You think he actually ate that shit? n-t (4+ / 0-)

      This better be good. Because it is not going away.

      by DerAmi on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:14:46 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly what I was thinking. (0+ / 0-)

        He claimed to eat all this, but he just went to buy it, wrote about it and that was that.

        No one should expect Republicans to tell the truth.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:53:50 PM PDT

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    •  You forgot to bold the bag of cookies. (1+ / 0-)
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      Probably not the best deployment of limited dollars.

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      by anastasia p on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:10:57 AM PDT

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