Your desire for bread may be historic
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.