Could you survive on celery alone?

Tabitha Miranda Rosie WATSON


This paper examines the feasibility of surviving on a diet consisting exclusively of celery. It provides an estimate of the average basal metabolic rate (BMR) of an adult female, and uses this as the basis for calculations to determine the amount of celery required to maintain a healthy calorific intake. This is compared to the average volume of food consumed by an adult, and assessed for nutritional deficiencies and overdoses. It was determined that an adult female would require a daily intake of over 10kg of celery, and although this would provide sufficient protein and carbohydrates for survival, 10.05kg is not considered to be feasible amount to consume per day. It was also found that certain micronutrients in celery would be detrimental to health if consumed in such large quantities.


Health; Biology; Metabolism; Nutrition

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