Your de­sire for bread may be his­toric

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Your crav­ings for in­dul­gent food such as bread and sausages is not mod­ern, but may be over 500 years old, says a study — an anal­y­sis of Euro­pean paint­ings of meals from the 16th cen­tury, with meat and bread be­ing the most com­monly-de­picted foods.

“Our love af­fair with visu­ally ap­peal­ing, deca­dent or sta­tus foods is noth­ing new,” said An­drew Weis­lo­gel from Cor­nell Univer­sity. “Paint­ings from what’s called the Re­nais­sance Pe­riod were loaded with foods that mod­ern di­ets warn us about — salt, sausages, bread and more bread,” added lead au­thor Brian Wansink, direc­tor of a US-based non-profit re­search firm.

For the study, the team fo­cused on 140 paint­ings of fam­ily meals from the past 500 years. Of the 36 ‘Re­nais­sance Pe­riod’ paint­ings, 86% de­picted bread and 61% meat, while only 22% showed veg­eta­bles.

What the re­searchers found in­ter­est­ing was that the most com­monly painted foods were not the most read­ily avail­able of the time. For ex­am­ple, the most com­monly painted veg­etable was an ar­ti­choke, the most com­monly painted fruit was a le­mon, and the most com­monly painted meat was shell­fish, usu­ally lob­ster, said the re­searchers.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

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