Researchers at Cornell University recently studied the last meals of 247 death row inmates to find out what they ordered and how people handle nutrition when death is on their doorstep.
The researchers found that typical last meals are outrageously high in calories, protein and fat. The average ‘last meal’ has 2,756 calories which is way more than the recommended amount of calories for an entire day. Over 80 percent of the prisoners requested meat and two-thirds requested something deep-fried. Not surprisingly, hardly anyone chose fruits or vegetables.
The results showed that people tend to choose comfort foods for their last meal. It’s a given that people who are upset or stressed tend to overheat and gravitate towards caloric-dense foods.
Among the researchers conclusions was the suggestion that doctors should avoid threatening their patients with death and illness to get them to change their diet, because they will often ”counterintuitively engage in unhealthy overconsumption.”
What would you have for your last meal?