Metabolic Minute about Liquid Calories

So you heard my Metabolic Minute about the liquid calories that we drink and that we are the only animal that drinks calories once we are weaned.  We do most of it for pure pleasure and not for nutrition.

What I have found when you put yourself out there on the radio and you make a statement or comment you almost instantly get people letting you know how smart they are and that you forgot this or that.

So as I racked my brain and searched the internet and I did find two animals that do drink their calories but it is for nutrition and not just for pleasure.

I am sure someone will come up with other animals that drink calories and if they are right I will add them in to this blog.

So the two animals are:

         1.  The Common Vampire Bat is found in the tropics of Mexico, Central America, and South             America.

The eating habits of this bat are said to be the most unique of all mammals. Vampire Bats feed off of blood, and this liquid diet is called Hematophagy. They are able to use receptors from the nose to help them find food. You may be wondering how they can live on blood, and it has to do with Draculin in the saliva. This substance ensures the blood from their prey doesn’t end up clotting in the body of the Vampire Bat.

         2.  The Hummingbird:

A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour. In addition to nectar, these birds also eat many small insects and spiders, and may also sip tree sap or juice from broken fruits.

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