Food, flavor, seasoning, etc.
Some few months ago I came to the conclusion that the rising rate of obesity in this modern era can, in part, be blamed upon the idea that food must taste good to be considered palatable. Cookbooks (some of them startlingly expensive) abound in bookstores and obtainable via the Internet. They all concentrate on presenting recipes that produce foods that are visually attractive and are tasty, or delicious. Which makes sense; who would want to prepare meals for family and friends that are bland or tasteless?
Sometimes though, no matter what you do, the dish you are preparing does not turn out as desired. Perhaps the seasoning was not done properly. Seasoning is the process of adding salt, herbs, or spices to food to enhance the flavor. When this happens one can always save the day by drenching the failed product in a highly flavored sauce, thus fooling the unsuspecting palate.
Seasonings include herbs and spices, which are themselves frequently referred to as "seasonings". However, Larousse Gastronomique states that "to season and to flavor are not the same thing", insisting that seasoning includes a large or small amount of salt being added to a preparation.
Salt may be used to draw out water, or to magnify a natural flavor of a food making it richer or more delicate, depending on the dish. This type of procedure is akin to curing. For instance, kosher salt (a coarser-grained salt) is rubbed into chicken, lamb, and beef to tenderize the meat and improve flavor. Other seasonings like black pepper and basil transfer some of their flavor to the food. A socially acceptable, well designed dish may combine seasonings that complement each other.
Even though I suspect that preparing foods without any seasoning at all, and with no sauces or flavor enhancers, would go a long way in reducing the habit of overeating and its accompanying result of obesity. I have never actually attempted to do so. I am a creature of habits with a strong hankering for fats, sugars and other sweeteners, and plenty of salt and pepper.
Eating simple non-enhanced meals? I really, really do intend to give it a try.
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We don't walk. We overeat because we've made it easy to overeat. We have fast-food joints on every corner. By the way, the 'we' is all of us. It's not the government. It's all of us doing this together.