Food Presevation - Lesson 102
Even after moving to a cold environment and adding cooked and animal foods to our diets humans still managed to survive in relative good health. But what came ahead started us on the path to large scale disease and major health challenges. Most of these real bad changes came relatively recently in our history. One of those bad milestones came from a challenge made by Napoleon Bonaparte to come up with a way to preserve foods for storage. The reason Napoleon required this innovation was to feed his armies because food on the battlefield was hard to come by. One industrious person met his challenge by boiling the food and adding preservatives like salt which allowed the food to last several months instead of the few days for natural foods. But with this innovation came poorer quality foods. At least these foods were still natural when they entered the can or bottle but the added preservatives started to take a toll on our vitality. Use of this method of storing food became widespread as further improvements were made to the process. Farm families adopted this process as a way of storing their harvest for use during the winter months. This invention eventually became the lifeless canned foods we have today on our supermarket shelves. The next major change came as the food industry was born which is covered in the next lesson 103 - Industrialization.