Eating is something people do every day. Most people do it three times a day. Some a lot more (with bad results) and unfortunately some a lot less. There is a lot more to the process of eating than the simple digestion that most people think about. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about eating.
1. Natural Flavor isn’t Natural
You have likely seen it on the ingredients list of everything from your Gummi Bears to your Bar-B-Q sauce. Natural Flavor. When companies get vague about ingredients like this it is often a bad thing. The orange flavor from your Orange Gummi Bear does not come from oranges. You can rest assured of that.
By calling an ingredient “natural flavor” the food manufacturer is telling you that you really do not want to know what the real ingredient is. It could be anything from ground up horses hooves to pig intestines. All you know is that it is ‘natural’ and chances are you would never want to eat that food again if you knew what it was. Really! You don’t want to know!
2. Food Nostalgia
Chances are you have done it. Bite into that nice Hamburger, Pizza, Chicken or whatever and remember a beautiful summer day from when you were young. What you might not know is that the “taste” of the food food has nothing to do with the memory. You do not remember eating mom’s apple pie because of the taste of the pie but because of the smell. The olfactory sense is tied closely to memory and it will almost always bring those fond memories of the past crashing in to the present.
3. You like what your mother liked.
Your mother has a strong influence on what foods you like. Some items that pregnant women eat. Like vegetables, which will actually “flavor” the amniotic fluid and create a predisposition to like a certain type of food. So if a prospective mother wants there child to eat healthy when they get older the time to start is when she is pregnant. Eat a lot of those healthy vegetables while pregnant and get the child started on the right foot health wise.
4. The Truth about Shellac
Shellac is not only put on wood and fingernails to give it them little shine and luster. It is put on some candies, like jelly beans, to give it the shiny coating. It is also put on some fruits (like apples) to give them a little bit of luster. Don’t worry, Shellac won’t kill you or give a disease. But there is something you should know about the basis of Shellac. Shellac (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellac) is secreted from a female “lac” bug. So when you eat foods coated with shellac (or even put it on your fingers) you are basically consuming “Bug Sweat.” Yum!
5. We are evolved to eat bad things
Starvation still exist in the world, unfortunately. But as a species we are living in a time of “plenty”. There is more than enough food and people have the ability to discriminate and choose “what to eat.” On an evolutionary scale this is a very recent event. Most of humanity for most of our history ate what they could, when they could, and as much as they could. It was a survival trait.
Things that are unhealthy now in our “time of plenty” were they things that helped to keep our ancestors alive. High fats. High salts. Few of these ancients every lived past 40, and if they did they rarely mattered for furthering the species at that point. They became evolutionarily irrelevant. All of the downsides of these “bad diets” are ingrained into the human evolutionary code and need to “store energy” for the times when food became less plentiful.