Mind Over Matter
When reading the lab meat blog post it made me think of how much our mind actually plays a part in what we find acceptable to eat. We thing that the lab meat is too weird to eat, and when this came up in class last year people said the biggest issue that they had was the fact that it looked like a blob rather than a T-Bone. We get so used to one form of a food that we do not try other types. Are we missing out because of this?
I am vegetarian and therefore I eat a lot of meat substitutes or veggie-soy proteins. My dad and brother refused to eat them. So one day my mom and I decided to cook with the fake meat and not tell them. They ate it all and did not even notice, my dad even complemented my mom’s cooking. I told my brother what we did and he laughed, my dad never found out. I have had meat and the substitutes and I know they are not the same, there is no veggie version of a steak that is the same but for some things there is a psychological part to not wanting to try the veggie version versus the meat version, especially if you can not even taste the difference.
We have a lot of weird thoughts with food. People will even eat up to 50% more when the food is labeled low fat. This makes it so that people will actually consume more food just because of the label that says low fat. It seems like it is acceptable to eat i since it has less fat, but we end up eating way more. Also many people do not see that a container is not one serving but is 3 or 4, buy they ear all of them in one sitting.
We look at other cultures and question what they eat, or even the utensils they use or lack of utensils and wonder why they do that rather then switching to our way. Do you ever wonder if they think that about us? We always question the chopsticks or the strange animals but we are the culture that deep fries butter and considers that okay to sell. We have restaurants where you can bring in anything you want and they will deep fry it for you. No wonder america is obese. What makes our eating habits seem normal but make another culture’s seem crazy?
How does the way you think affect the way you eat? Should we be more open to other types of foods, or just other experiences in general?