Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gorillas Process Brussels Sprouts

Do you like Brussels sprouts?

Gorillas at a zoo in the UK seem to enjoy them. Portable. Bite-size. However, zoo officials were compelled to offer an apology to visitors who "expressed their horror at the potent smell that started emanating from the gorillas' enclosure."

Farting Gorillas Force Brussels Sprouts Off Zoo's Christmas Menu

Gorilla keeper Michael Rozzi said:
"We feed the gorillas brussel sprouts during the winter because they are packed with vitamin C and have great nutritional benefits.

Unfortunately, an embarrassing side effect is that it can cause bouts of flatulence in humans and animals alike.

However, I don't think any of us were prepared for a smell that strong."

1/2 cup boiled Brussels sprouts:

Calories: 28
Carbs: 6g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 2g
Omega-3: 135mg
Omega-6: 62mg
Vitamin C: 48mg (81% DV)*
Vitamin K: 109mcg (137% DV)*
Vitamin A: 604 IU
Folate: 47mcg

* DV: Daily Value. DVs are actually older recommendations. Newer values are known as DRIs or Dietary Reference Intakes.
Photo of Brussels sprouts: Bix
Thanks to BL for the story.

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