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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What Are Those Trapped Chilean Miners Eating?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM

click to enlarge Bread roll ready to send down the 4-inch bore hole to the miners. But no beans, please. - ESPRIT SMITH/CNN
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  • Bread roll ready to send down the 4-inch bore hole to the miners. But no beans, please.
Our favorite morsel from the blogs.

The trapped Chilean miners have to avoid eating beans to prevent farting?

CNN food site Eatocracy repackages reporter Karl Penhaul's piece on what, exactly, is being stuffed down that 4-inch-wide hole to feed the 33 miners confined 2,300 feet below ground. Penhaul's findings:

- Tea bags, herbal infusions and thermos flasks of hot water

- For breakfast, an energy shake containing protein and carbohydrates

- Yogurt and cereal shake for a late-morning snack

- Ham sandwich for lunch

- Another yogurt and cereal shake and a kiwi fruit to help digestion at mid-afternoon

- Jam sandwiches for evening meal

- About 5 liters of water per man per day

- Total of about 2,000 calories per day

Ham sandwiches are being squeezed tight as Otter Pops to send down the tube? Then there's the question of gas:

Also of note, beans are off the menu, though they're a staple of Chilean cuisine. Jorge Diaz, one of the leading medics looking after the trapped men told Penhaul that beans "will have to wait for the future." Diaz said he wants to avoid all possibility of giving the men "intestinal gas," which he says would naturally be unpleasant in a confined space.

Which begs the question Penhaul skirts: What about the waste from all those ham sandwiches and cereal shakes?

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