Compiled by LIEW JIA XIAN, CLARISSA CHUNG and R. ARAVINTHAN
EATING soil can produce better results compared to eating slimming pills, claimed researchers from an Australian university.
China Press reported that researchers from the University of South Australia were looking for a way to improve the body’s absorption towards medication to prevent mental illness.
They accidentally found out that soil does not only attract fat, it could also stop fat from being absorbed into the body and bypass the digestive system.
Meanwhile, other researchers carried out an experiment by separating mice into two groups – one group was given “orlistat” slimming pills and the other group with “montmorillonite” soil. After two weeks, the weight of the mice which ate soil decreased tremendously.
This was the basis for claims that eating soil might make it easier for the body to excrete fat compared to taking slimming pills.
However, they are still testing to see if eating soil is safe for the body or if it could cause any side effects.
> A woman in China had to cut open a durian with a borrowed saw and eat it at the Quzhou city station because security inspectors stopped her from bringing the fruit into the high-speed train due to the pungent smell.
According to Guang Ming Daily, the woman was on her way to Zhejiang province, China, when the security officers stopped her.
As the woman did not want to cause any trouble to her family members, she decided to eat the durian there.
A video clip of the woman eating the durian at the train station has since gone viral.
Some netizens have gone on to question the authorities for not allowing the woman to bring the durian into the train.
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