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Something Else You Didn't Know - JohnDoe1984 - 10-21-2006

Seems coca leaves are so nutritious Bolivia wants them in thier school lunches. :LOL:

Quote:Coca-Brek ?

Coca leaves are so nutritious they should be routinely included in school childrens’ meals – that’s the official Bolivian govt. line.

According to MSNBC ( via Reuters ) :

“ A coca leaf ‘weighing 100 grams’ (sic.) contains 18.9 calories (sic.) of protein, 45.8 mg of iron, 1540 mg of calcium and vitamins A, B1, B2, E and C, which is more than most nuts, according to a 1975 study by a group of Harvard University professors. “


[ Duke, J.A., Aulik, D., and Plowman, T. 1975. ' Nutritional Value of Coca '. Botanical Museum Leaflets 24(6):113-119. ] ( no www link available )

The Bolivian press statement didn’t mention, however, that the same study also pointed out that :

" Coca leaves may, however, contain 0.25 to 2.25% toxic alkaloids, including benzoylecgonine, benzoyltropine, cinnamyl-cocaine, cocaine, cuscohygrine, dihydroxy tropane, hygrine, hygroline, methyl cocaine, methyl ecgonidine, nicotine, tropa cocaine, and A- and B-truxilline “.



For everything you ever wanted to know about coca leaves – and their derivatives - see : this National Institutes of Health (NIH) publication.



Something Else You Didn't Know - greenyeti - 10-24-2006

that is not new at all...everybody knows that Evo Morales is the leader of the coca growers of Bolivia, besides, coca is a traditional plant in Bolivia to make tea (mate de coca) and some food.... the natives in south america used coca to fight hunger