Origin of snacks

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Posted by Alma Ramos on February 18, 2006 at 19:36:51:

In Reply to: Re: What do When You're Injured: Part 2 (Salty Snacks) posted by Gail Marino on February 17, 2006 at 09:31:57:

"Wholesome and Healthful"

"Many of the foods we recognize and still use today were developed during the period between 1850 and 1900. Many of these were exhibited at the Pan-American Exposition, where many vendors promoted the "healthful" effects of their products. Indeed the mid-to-late 19th century was a period which saw the beginnings of what we now know as "nutritional science." Scientists began to see a relationship between health and food and the advances in analytical chemistry and provided the scientific data to prove it.

Of course, advertisers jumped on this early incarnation of the adage, "you are what you eat." By 1901, food advertisements emphasized the "wholesomeness" and "healthfulness" of their products. The American Cereal Company's Quaker Oats ads echoed claims that its cereal "leads to good health" telling people to eat less meat and "more Quaker Oats" while Dold's Packing Company, insisted that their "Corn-fed porkers make sweet healthful food." At fairs and venues like the Pan-American Exposition, vendors distributed literature on tradecards and hired "barkers" to "sell" to the public the idea that their products would make a person feel better and live longer."

I copied this from http://inventors.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/exhibits/panam/food/marvels.html

It's a page of informative, historical "tid bits" of information from Kraft about the origins of food. It makes for a great read. In fact, it's made me hungry. Off for a snack!

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