Oliver Twist Didn't Need More Said Experts

We've all knew Oliver Twist asked for an extra helping of gruel in Charles Dickens novel about the boy, but if Twist was a normal nine-year-old, then he really shouldn't need any more, experts said.

According to an article in the British Medical Journal, gruel back then was quite nutritious and filling even if it didn't quite excite the taste buds.

"Given the limited number of food staples used, the workhouse diet was certainly dreary, but it was adequate," pediatric dietitian Sue Thornton of Northampton General Hospital and her colleagues concluded in their article.