I’ve found that taste is one the most misunderstood parts of eating. Many of us have learned to equate healthy food with yucky taste. Others have food taste that’s undeveloped, leading to attraction for processed food. And the industrial food complex has hooked us with artificial flavorings that trick our brains.
This article discusses food historian Bee Wilson’s book First Bite and her assertion that it may be necessary to relearn how to eat as an adult.
After all, in America, at least, many adult diets remain stuck in an endless rotation of scaled-up favorites from the kids’ menu: more than half of all food ordered in restaurants consists of burgers, French fries, pizza, or Mexican food. As a nation, our intake of calories from vegetables has fallen by three per cent since the nineteen-seventies, which, as Wilson points out, “is a bigger drop than it sounds like,” since vegetables contain fewer calories than other food groups. Even more dispiritingly, five foods—iceberg lettuce, frozen potatoes, fresh potatoes, potato chips, and canned tomatoes—made up nearly half of those vegetable servings.