Here's The Insane Amount Of Cod The Rock Eats In A Year

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Like every other observant wrestling fan, I watched Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson kick some requisite butt at Wrestlemania last month, alongside other professional butt-kicker Ronda Rousey. It was hard not to wonder how the guy keeps up his ridiculous physique (plus or minus a few Rock Bottoms). Thankfully, Muscle & Fitness now has the answer. And, spoiler alert, it's a whole lotta cod.

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The 42-year-old pro wrestler, Furious 7 star, and lip sync champion apparently eats seven meals full of lean protein, rice, potato, and other assorted veggies every day. But, the most impressive thing is definitely the cod, which shows up in four out of those seven meals — including the first one, a.k.a. breakfast. As Mallory Ortberg pointed out at The Toast, that's just bonkers.

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But, it's not just the content of his meals — the sheer quantity of food the man eats is intimidating, too. According to FiveThirtyEight, it amounts to 821 pounds of cod in a year — more than two pounds per day. It's worth acknowledging that cod aren't doing too hot due to incessant overfishing (and probably The Rock's insane appetite). The World Wildlife Fund — the other WWF— lists cod as a "priority species." This means that they consider cod to be among the most important yet vulnerable species on the planet.

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I know, it sucks. But, despite that and its moderate mercury content, there are a few possible benefits to all that cod consumption. According to the USDA, cod is packed with protein (nearly 22 grams in a 3-ounce serving) with very little fat. The mild-tasting fish also comes with a hearty helping of omega-3s. Overall, it's a healthy fish protein option, especially if you're getting tired of salmon and tuna. So, here's to the People's Champ — and the humble cod, which I'm thankful we can't smell cooking.