CHEM150-761April1

CHEM150-761April1 - The Health Food Business 04/04/2008...

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Unformatted text preview: The Health Food Business 04/04/2008 17:54:00 Hippocrates most famous ancient physician let thy food be they medicine o to suggest link between food and health was quite insightful o first one to make such a statement flax is great for the intestines o we know that flax is a very effective laxative he had both useful recommendations and nonsensical statements specific recommendations of what to eat came about 2000 years later (at the time they were more concerned with having enough food to eat in general) Sylvester Graham (1794-1851) Began to look at nutritional composition of food and made recommendations 17 th child to a Presbyterian Minister he also became a Presbyterian Minister preached that abstinence from alcohol was the proper way of living o wasnt well accepted by church o changed professions became the first ever nutritionist informed people of the importance of what they were eating o not any science behind it became known as Dr. No because of all of the things he said not to do dont eat meat no spices inflammatory no caffeine stimulant no alcohol no doctors did not believe that doctors were good for anything o probably right about this given his time of living thought meat was sexually inflammatory o made people do things he thought should not be done o really advocated against masturbation (ex. Seinfelds the contest) o believed masturbation was the beginning of bad health o robbed the body of energy that could be better used to maintain health or restore it o meat brought on these urges His followers created the graham crackers The worlds first anti-sex food Supposed to negate the effects of eating meat Whole grain cracker meant to take the place of meat Graham: you are what you eat Built his career on this idea His diet was most a vegetarian diet Worlds first nutritionist to advocate a specific diet for good health o Diet is actually quite good (but not for his reasons) Imperial Herbal Restaurant in Singapore Pharmacist present in the restaurant You tell him your problem and he talks to the cook to prepare you a meal fit for your health Ex. if you complain of nerve problems (migraines) deep fried drunken scorpion Ex. deer penis wine for male problems Meals at this restaurant may be several hundreds of dollars Mixture of sense and nonsense in health food business today What is health food? Vague term doesnt really mean anything...
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