CHEM150-761April1

CHEM150-761April1 - The Health Food “Business” 17:54:00...

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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 wasn’t 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 • don’t 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. Seinfeld’s “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 world’s 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 • World’s 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 doesn’t really mean anything •...
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