Meet the Chinese couple who eats dirt every day as part of a healthy diet

A couple in a rural village in China are touting the benefits of a daily diet of dirt, which they claim helps improve their digestion. The husband and wife duo from a village in Wuxi County in China's Jiangxi province eat a daily serving of dough balls coated in yellow soil.

You may be thinking ... is this a fad diet? No, it's not. The practice of eating dirt has been around for some time, with the ancient Greeks indulging in dirt as part of a healthy diet. The Mesopotamians and ancient Egyptians also ate dirt to treat various ailments, especially of the gut.

A video posted on the People's Daily Online shows the couple inside their home as they prepare their daily meal. The woman is shown making the flour-based dough mixture, which are then rolled into the balls. Her husband can be seen using a tool to cut down large chunks of dirt into smaller pieces, turning those fragments into powder using a sieve. According to the video, the soil is unpolluted yellow soil.

The dough balls are then cut into small rectangles, stir fried and then taken outside to be mixed with the prepared soil.

At the end of the video, the couple is show eating -- and enjoying -- the dish.

Despite soil's major health benefits, we'll stick to our recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies for now.

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