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Monday, August 13, 2007

Priscilla, honey, put some chocolate syrup on that bacon

I'm sure you've got Aug. 16 marked on your calendar. That's the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death from a heart attack. Besides drugs, his monstrous diet has long been blamed for his death at 42. This is one writer's answer to the question, "Did Elvis Presley's diet kill him?"

We all need a minimum of 1,500 to 1,800 calories daily to stay alive. People doing heavy work and therefore burning lots of calories need even more calories, up to about 10,000 per day.

Elvis was consuming over 85,000 calories per day and was sitting around doing nothing more strenuous than reaching forward to flip the channels on his TV set. 85,000 calories is more than enough to keep an elephant alive. Presley’s favorite daily diet was a 30-cm long bread roll stuffed with bacon, peanut butter and strawberry jam. Each one had about 42,000 calories. Elvis would eat two every day together with other snacks like hamburgers and deep-fried white bread.

The answer to our question is, yes, Elvis who conquered the fickle and fiercely competitive music industry was no match to the alluring aroma and taste of food. He just ate himself to death.

Actually, I think a pound of bacon went on that sandwich, too.

In any case, there's still time for you to plan a memorial banquet (and hasten your reunion with Elvis in heaven). Just pick up one of the many Elvis cookbooks, like Fit for a King or All Cooked Up. Then again, maybe you don't believe the King is dead at all. In that case, the kid in the video below can tell you where to find him:

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