The last blog post involved judging people’s health based on appearance. Not only do we judge people, but we also tend to judge our food based on appearance. We first eat with our eyes, so when something looks appetizing we tend to go for that option. However when reading a menu, not all the menu items contain pictures. Thus, we rely on the title and or description of the food item. The name that food is given does not always give a full picture of what that item truly represents. At times, we do not want the whole truth behind what we eat. For our own sanity, we prefer to remain in the dark. For example, the delectable treats we know as doughnuts, were originally called “oliebollen” which translates to “oil balls”. Oil balls were introduced into the American culture in the 1700’s by immigrants of the Netherlands. The name oil balls sounds unappealing and unattractive, thus lowering its public appeal. Therefore by changing the name to something like “doughnuts” it makes the stigma of oil balls disappear. Can you think of any other food euphemism that has become common?
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