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Old 03-21-2021, 08:51 PM   #15
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Kentucky, USA
Default Re: [Magic] How much food can the Blossom spell produce?

As far as I am aware there are zero foods that a human could survive eating exclusively long term. All foods are deficient in some vital nutrients, and most foods contain an excess of one thing or another that would kill you if you ate 2000 calories worth every day. The closest I know of is potatoes, but an exclusive diet of those will give you serious organ and nerve damage after a year from malnutrition and you'll most likely be dead after 2 years.

Now, you could eat a mixture of fruits and nuts produced by the Blossom spell and probably get by, but you would need to get some sort of animal protein mixed in there or you will die. Even a few insects every day would be enough to survive, though you'd likely have health problems.

Fun story, there was a temple of Indian gurus who had a reputation for surviving exclusively off a bowl of rice each day. They agreed to go to a hospital for examination, and they all fell terribly ill with malnutrition shortly after arriving and earring the rice there. Turns out a few rat droppings and dead insects in their rice was enough to keep them on the ragged edge of survival.
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