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  • 'Eating right' is often equated with 'being good' - so people want to 'share' their meals
  • 'Eating right' is often equated with 'being good' - so people want to 'share' their meals
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Can our eating habits represent our identity? We sat down with author Charlotte Biltekoff to discuss how food aligns with aspirations and ethical codes, and shifting perceptions of health.

Location Central - East Asia / North America / Northern Europe / Oceania

Scope
The quantification of food values in America occurred during the 19th century, pioneered by chemist Wilbur Atwater. For Atwater, a good diet was an efficient one: maximum energy for minimum cost. While at face value, this was a calculation involving nutrients, the requirements of the body and the cost of food, Atwater was masking a social concern with a mathematical solution. At a time when industrialisation was wreaking havoc on many American cities, the middle classes feared the prospect of uprisings. Atwater and his peers – through the language of science – were teaching moderation and responsibility, and in ...

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