What is food? That was the question poised to us on the first day of class. We are about ⅓ of the way through the semester and we have come to the end of our first unit. Throughout these past five weeks, we have offered up many different definitions of food. This post is a summary of each week’s new definitions.
Food is what we eat. It has a nutritional value, and is not poisonous. Mostly. But no, Imogen. Shampoo is decidedly not food.
Food is a society shaper. It’s necessity, or, in some cases, perceived necessity, determines the course of lives and cultures, determines the course of history.
Food is the neurochemicals in our brains. What we like about food, is not really the food itself, but the dopamine that is released when we eat it. Food, as we know it, is oftentimes processed in a way to make one eat more of it. It is a commodity to be bought and sold. Also, humans are not food. Except when absolutely necessary. But you might die anyways. BE WARNED!!!
(At the very least, don’t eat the brain.)
Food is the vehicle for the nutrients we need to survive. Food is proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. These three are the macro-nutrients which are then broken down into amino acids, fatty acids, and simple sugars to be used to fuel and build our bodies. Basically, we are what we eat. Quite literally.
Food, and how we prepare it, is what allowed homo sapiens to evolve from homo erectus. Supposedly. (Imogen – Shampoo may be food. Maybe. There is hope. ) Food shapes society just as much as, if not more than, society shapes food. According to this theory, the cooking of food is what allowed us, society, to be.