January 16th, 2012
Americans only spend 6.9% of their income on food. Compare that to a country such as Italy, which has a far lower rate of obesity. Italians eat only 100 fewer calories per day than we do–but they spend more than twice their income on food … I would argue that Europeans are willing to pay more for better food because what they eat is so wrapped up with national pride and cultural identity. Why wouldn’t you spend the time to buy great ingredients for something homemade if that’s how your beloved grandmother did it? Americans, by contrast, have far less of a cultural attachment to the food we eat. We don’t have national dishes and food traditions that bind us together in the way of Italy or Greece.
Cliff Kuang theorizes
A lean, muscular person will be less affected by drink than someone with more body fat: Water-rich muscle tissues absorb alcohol effectively, preventing it from reaching the brain.
A list of 20 odd facts about alcohol
In the Victorian age the true “medical idol of the moment”, according to the Lancet, was Horace Fletcher and his mastication theory. Dieters chewed everything several hundred times (700 times for a shallot) and not only slimmed down but defecated less. Fletcher was so proud of his feces that he always carried one with him to prove that it smelled like a hot biscuit and weighed only 2 ounces. Franz Kafka and Henry James were fervent Fletcherites and came to loathe food.
Louise Foxcroft looks to the history books:
hat tip: Andrew Sullivan