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“You gonna eat that?”

~ Peter Griffin on staples

A staple is a food that provides the majority of a person's dietary nutrition and calories. The most common staples are inexpensive, starchy grains, including rice, wheat, and corn. Other staples include bananas, yams, schoolgirls, and instant ramen.

Dietary significance[edit]

Staples are universally recognized as unhealthy. When not properly prepared, they cause gastrointestinal bleeding, vomiting, constipation, and frequently death. The toxic effects of staples are greatly reduced by folding their prongs inward before consuming them, preventing them from lodging in the digestive tract long enough to cause damage. Mechanical devices have been developed to assist in the cooking of staples.

Staples have little or no nutritional value. Nutritional deficiencies are common in regions of the world where diets consist exclusively of staples. Staple overconsumption is the world's primary cause of non-hereditary haemochromatosis.

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