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Old 30 January 2007, 01:12 AM
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Default Bread only diet

I've heard various rumors from the vegitarian/vegan community that there is a bread that acts as a complete balanced diet. Some suggest that it should be supplemented with the occasional bowl of soup and others claim that you can live off just the bread.

It's become a kind of holy grail to find the recipe in some circles.

So is this even true? Is it possible to live off any one thing? The closest I can think of are things like ensure, but even then I have my doubts.
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Old 30 January 2007, 01:16 AM
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Does the bread include some kind of vitamin C? You'd get scurvy without that.

Also, does it include some kind of chocolate? You'd go crazy long before the scurvy.
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Old 30 January 2007, 02:26 AM
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I've heard various rumors from the vegitarian/vegan community that there is a bread that acts as a complete balanced diet. Some suggest that it should be supplemented with the occasional bowl of soup and others claim that you can live off just the bread.

It's become a kind of holy grail to find the recipe in some circles.

So is this even true? Is it possible to live off any one thing? The closest I can think of are things like ensure, but even then I have my doubts.
As long as the ingredients are in proportion, you can pretty much grind up anything edible and put it in the dough and the results would be, at the very least, passable.

I'm pretty sure that, if such a thing exists, it is some sort of nut bread with vitamin and fiber supplements.

But, why would someone want to eat plain bread all day? Add a little PB and J on mine, please!!!
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Old 30 January 2007, 02:28 AM
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I'm quite sure it's possible. Think of all the vitamins and supplements there are. However, I doubt it would taste very good.
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Old 30 January 2007, 02:35 AM
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As long as the bread has everything your body needs you'll be OK. If not you'll end up in the hospital with malnutrition.
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Old 30 January 2007, 06:33 AM
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Someone asked Cecil Adams this very question in 1978:

Can man live by bread alone? Now, I'm sure you could make the argument that you could enhance the bread with a lot of extra nutrients, but I think that's cheating...
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:25 AM
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Does meatloaf with bacon wrapped around it and onions and melted cheese in the middle count as bread? It's a loaf...
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