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Our Sweet Teeth

Schaffner, Anna Katharina (2015) Our Sweet Teeth. Review of: Darra Golstein, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets by Goldstein, Darra. Times Literary Supplement, . pp. 1-4. ISSN 0307-661X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:52173)

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Abstract

We are, it seems, pre-determined to love the taste of all things

sweet. Evolutionary biologists argue that survival once depended

on our ability to take in quickly high amounts of nutritional

energy, a major source of such energy being found in

carbohydrates, which include sugar. As frugivores, we generally

prefer our fruit as ripe as possible, its degree of edibility being

signalled by sweetness, too. While sweetness signals calories,

bitterness in contrast may indicate the presence of toxins. It

appears that our predilection for sweetness is, like the incest

taboo, a cross-cultural phenomenon, and that it is ubiquitous and,

in all likelihood, innate: the facial expressions of new-borns, for

example, display unambiguous pleasure when sugar is placed on

their tongues. We appear, moreover, to have raided beehives for

millennia: there is evidence in Mesolithic cave paintings that

feeding on honey has always been part of our primate nature. We

share our love of sweetness with most other mammals, the sole exception being felines.

Item Type: Review
Uncontrolled keywords: food studies, sweets, obesity, history of food, cultural studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World
H Social Sciences
R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Anna Schaffner
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 10:05 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 10:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52173 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Schaffner, Anna Katharina: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7097-2145
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