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Astronaut slams ‘Banting in space’

SPACE (Field Reporter) US astronaut Scott Kelly is not happy with the red romaine lettuce served on board the International Space Station. Speaking from space, a clearly emotional Kelly declared the dish “an insult to anyone who’s ever worn a space suit”.

“I didn’t come to space to lose weight,” he said.

Kelly (43) said he looked forward going to work to escape the “Banting lifestyle” – a new fad – adopted by his wife back on Earth. According to the veteran astronaut, travelling in orbit is in itself a lifestyle choice and something he’d like to stick by.

L-R: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui, with Nasa astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly eat red romaine lettuce grown on board the International Space Station. (AFP  / Handout / Nasa TV)
L-R: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui and Nasa astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly eat red romaine lettuce grown on board the International Space Station. (AFP / Handout / Nasa TV)

“For three months a year I get to float around and eat junk,” said the pudgy American. “It’s heaven. Why spoil that?”

Recommended as part of the Banting lifestyle, the space-grown lettuce seemed to be upsetting palates across the board. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui said the leaves were “even harder” to keep down than regular space food.

“Stuffing yourself with lettuce is a challenge,” he said while pulling what seemed to be a face.

“But we’re here to do a job and if that means boldly doing what no man has done before then, damnit, so be it.”

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  • Hansie Smit is a self-employed writer. He spends a lot of time in coffee shops tapping into free wi-fi making sure he buys a bran muffin every time to ease the inevitable guilt he feels getting something for free. Hansie received a Diploma in Copywriting from the prestigious AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town. He often picks up spelling mistakes in brand communication taking time out of his day to write to said brand to point it out. He does this free of charge. He's won a Silver Pendoring and almost won a Loerie. For more of his stunning insight and weighted opinion, visit his website at www.freehance.co.za or follow him on Twitter @freehance

5 Comments

  1. Wendy Webb Wendy Webb 13 August 2015

    There is no need to eat lettuce of any sort while “Banting”. In fact, you need nothing but fat and protein. The limited number of carbs is optional.

  2. Quirk Quirk 14 August 2015

    How is this “Banting”?

  3. Dr_Zeek Dr_Zeek 17 August 2015

    please send tim noakes to space

  4. Rod MacKenzie Rod MacKenzie 21 August 2015

    was this meant to be funny? what is the point of this blog?

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