In the movie it tells us how and why apples have acquired the characteristics of sweetness. It is not the same as intoxication in which we want to forget our problems: sweetness is something essential to our survival. Once it was a way for us to produce enough calories to survive when food was sparse. Apples were not always sweet. Their taste varied from acidic to tart to bitter to nutlike.
fatter, more bitter and thicker ones) were tossed back into the wild, where their chances of survival were much lower. As a result, bananas with hard seeds and thick seeds are no longer available and are only found in the wild. And we only have sweet and soft bananas sold in grocery markets. Artificial selection is when people intentionally choose the best and most desirable traits and reproduce more of it. The benefit of artificial selection is that humans can control the development of a plant or animal by choosing which beneficial traits to emphasize during breeding, such as obedience in dogs.
While researching information on this project, the information I found included many things the fast food industry keeps from us that we often do even think about. For example, a food product can be labeled as “sugar free” but can be substituted with other things such as, agave which is often worse due to its high concentration in fructose syrup. Another example would be that, Gerber uses fruit pictures to claim its Gerber’s are made from real fruit when in reality they are filled with corn syrup, syrup and grape juice concentrate. These are known as “calorie distracters” and work really well on people who refuse to give up eating fast food. Whether they know that fast and processed foods are unhealthy or not, they are satisfied by knowing that a label says “sugar free” and therefore it is okay for them to consume it.
If you really want to have a green Christmas, if you want to lower your negative environmental impact, don’t buy any tree. Decorate your house, maybe get some fallen branches, whatever… just don’t get a tree. Both natural and fake trees have an environmental impact. Most people don’t know, but artificial trees have a slightly larger negative impact, requiring more energy, polluting and even posing potential health hazards. Cutting down natural trees, even if they are recycled afterwards and have a smaller carbon footprint, is unethical, and you would get a much bigger environmental bonus if you just let them grow.
Jell-O is known as “America’s Most Famous Dessert.” In 1897, Pearl Bixby Wait and his wife May Wait trademarked Jell-O in LeRoy, New York. Since the main downside of gelatin is the lack of taste, they combined sugary fruit syrups into gelatin to make it taste better. The flavors that were first created were strawberry, orange, lemon, and raspberry. May created the name “Jell-O” by combining the words jelly and gelatin and added an “O” since it was a popular trend to end a product name. Due to Pearl not knowing how to market their product, he sold Jell-O to Orator Francis Woodward, the owner of Genesee Food Company for $450 in 1899.
Another thing I learned was in chapter 6 titled The Nonsense Du Jour. Here it is discussed that the scientific evidence or reasoning nutritionists use is cherry picked and can’t be seen as accurate. This is true when I see the connection Michael Van Straten (Goldacre, 88) makes between aging and pomegranate juice. Claim made was pomegranate juice before and after plastic surgery helps heal faster. Taking this claim the idea of pomegranate juice reducing wrinkles and aging came to be.
Yet, as we know, things like arsenic are natural as well, plentiful in the Earth’s crust. Additionally, there are apple seeds, which contain amygdalin, which can partially convert to cyanide in the body. Though the risk of being poisoned is very low, it’s another reason we avoid many pits and seeds. In order for many naturally toxic elements to become harmful, a reaction must occur. This reaction is what releases or increases the toxicity of what we ingest.
Plantations that could adapt to conditions and acquire the most capital, were successful. Americans also found that sugar could be used to preserve fruits and vegetables. “Preservation with the use of honey or sugar was well known to the earliest cultures.” It helped preserve some foods for up to a year thanks to canning. Its ability to aid in preservation made sugar much more
The secret of cane sugar, as with many other of man's discoveries. It was kept a closely guarded secret while the finished product was exported for a rich profit. In the mid-1950s a technique for producing a form of sugar syrup from corn starch was discovered. The product (now known as high fructose corn syrup) gradually replaced sucrose in the United States of America as the main form of sugar added to soft drinks and certain foods. It cannot be sold as crystals or table sugar because the mix of fructose and glucose exist in a syrup form.
In 1493, pineapples were first brought to the Europeans by Columbus, and Europeans are delighted by its taste and sweetness. Pineapples cannot be grown in Europe as they need a tropical climate to grow, and transporting pineapples across the Atlantic was quite difficult. So the price of pineapples was very high and only royalty could afford. Pineapple became a symbol of luxury and had a very high aesthetic value. Pineapples were used for displaying as centerpiece, drawings and carvings of pineapples are used in tablecloths, wallpaper and even bedposts.