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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hannah Goldfield: Why do humans eat bitter foods? Our bodies crave sugar, salt, fat, protein -- all forms of replenishment or efficient providers of caloric energy. When something tastes bad, we're meant to take it as a warning sign: danger, don't eat this, it could kill you. And yet two of the five sensations we've universally categorized as tastes are, arguably, bad ones: sour and bitter. ... [T]he appeal of bitterness is less obvious -- unlike spicy and sour foods, the sensation has never been much of a selling point, at least not in America. If the physical impulse when eating sour foods is to suck in your cheeks, bitterness hits hard on the back of your tongue and, in excess, makes you gag. And yet this taste has long been an integral element in the cuisines of many other countries and cultures, which are starting to gain real traction here.

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[A]s with my bitter melon experience, eating bitterness can be a brag: How better to prove your connoisseurship than ordering something whose pleasures are either obscure or nonexistent? To order a drink with no trace of sweetness -- say, a hoppy India pale ale or a straight shot of the Italian amaro known as Fernet-Branca, dark, viscous, herbal -- is to announce one's fortitude and disdain for instant gratification. Nothing worth doing is easy, and nothing worth consuming goes down easy. In an age of ready pleasures, choosing something difficult and unlikable is an announcement of sophistication.

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[A]s with my bitter melon experience, eating bitterness can be a brag:

... is to announce one's fortitude and disdain for instant gratification. Nothing worth doing is easy, and nothing worth consuming goes down easy. In an age of ready pleasures, choosing something difficult and unlikable is an announcement of sophistication.


Exactly -- like telling someone that you like eating sardines, then seeing them recoil in horror ... www.drudge.com

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-23 07:58 PM | Reply

www.scienceofpeople.com

#2 | Posted by dibblda at 2017-11-24 01:54 AM | Reply

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