The Evolution of Fatty Food

We’ve come a long way from from our hunter-gatherer ancestors. From hunting game to sitting in the Taco Bell Drive Thru, we’ve made some “progress”. How did we get from water to Kool-aid Pickles? Here are some food milestones listed below. (Here is an interesting semi-full list)

Pre 50,000 BC- Water, oysters, shellfish, eggs, mushrooms, insects, acorns,

35,000 BC- Fruits, roots and nuts

29,000 BC- Paleolithic people in central Europe cook mammoth and other animals in Pits

10,000 BC- Almonds

9,000 BC- Sheep

8,000 BC- Apples

7,000 BC- Pork, beans, walnuts, pistachios

6,500 BC- Cattle

6,000 BC- Wine, broccoli

5,500 BC- Honey, lettuce

5,000 BC- Olives, chiles, avocado, cheese, potatoes,

4,000 BC-citrus fruits, watermelon

3,200 BC- Chicken

3,000 BC- pea’s carrots, onions, garlic

2,737 BC- Tea

2,000 BC- marshmallows

1,500 BC- Chocolate, Peanuts

1,200 BC- Sugar

1,000 BC- Pickles, Peaches

900 BC- Tomatoes

700 BC- Cinnamon

500 BC- Sausage, pastries, vinegar

490 BC- Pasta

400 BC- Bananas

200 BC- Turkey

1st Century- French Toast, Waffles, Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, strawberries, raspberries,Ice Cream

2nd Century- Sushi

5th Century- Pretzels

9th Century- Coffee

11th Century- Corned Beef

13th Century- Hamburgers

15th Century- Coconuts, pork and beans, pineapples

16th Century- Brussels sprouts

17th Century- Pralines, Doughnuts, Coffee Cake, maple syrup, bagels, rum,

18th Century- French Fries, root beer, muffins, crackers, casserole, mayonnaise, lollipops,

19th Century- Ice Cream Cones, butterscotch, Chicken Fried Steak, fondue, Dr, Pepper, American Chinese Food, Potato Chips, Breakfast Cereal, synthetic baby food, margarine, ketchup, candy corn, Fig Newtons, Jello, Cotton Candy, Coca Cola, Pepsi

1901- Peanut Butter and Jelly

1902- Animal Crackers

1904- Banana Splits

1905- New York Pizza

1906- Corn Flakes

1911- Crisco

1912- Oreos

1914- Fettuccine Alfredo

1915- Hush puppies

1917- Moon Pie, Fluff

1920- Eskimo Pie

1921- Wonder Bread

1922- Gummy Bears, Girl Scout Cookies

1923- Popsicles

1924- Frozen Foods

1927- Kool- aid

1931- Buscuick

1932- Fritos

1934-Hawaiian Punch

1935- Sloppy Joes

1937- Spam, Krispy Kreme

1938- Canned Soda

1941- Cheerios, M &M’s

1942- Corn Dogs

1943- Nachos, Deep Dish Pizza

1949- Whoppers

1953- Peeps, TV dinners

1954- Ranch Dressing

1957- Tang

1964- Buffalo Wings

1965- Gatorade, Slurpees

1968- Pringles

1970’s- Gyros

1973- Egg Mcmuffins

1976- Pop Rocks, Starburst

1978- Reese’s Pieces

1980- Jell-o Pudding pops

1985- Hamburger helper

1986- Microwave Popcorn

1987- Red Bull

1990- Campbells Cream of Broccoli Soup

1991- Crisco Sticks

1992- Arizona Bottled Ice Tea

1993- Boca Burger

1995- Turkey Bacon

1996- Baked Lays

1997- V8 Splash

2000’s- Genetically Modified Tomato, Rock Star Energy Drink, Deep fried Coke, Deep Fried Butter, Deep Fried Kool-aid, Deep Fried PB&J, Deep Fried Twinkies, Deep Fried Everything else

It looks like we took a turn for the fatty right around the 17th century. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!

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4 responses

  1. It would appear that fatties have been with us since the Paleolithic period some 24,000 BC. Throughout Europe and Asia small statues depicting very obese woman have been discovered since the early part of the last century. The most famous of them being the Venus of Willendorf. Theories abound as to the significance of these statues but the most prevalent and likely theory is that these obese images have something to do with fertility and the mysteries of the mother goddess.

    The most striking thing about these types of fertility idols is their anatomical correctness and accurate physical proportions. Because of the accuracy of their fat female form it has been conjectured that these obese idols may have been modeled after real women whom may have actually existed in our prehistoric past. It is argued that in Paleolithic society there would have been no way that a massively obese individual could survive but yet how else would the artist be able to create such an accurate portrayal of a fat women if he or she had never seen one. When one looks at the Venus of Willendorf one can clearly recognize that the inspiration for her form could just as easily be found in the form of todays women shopping at the local Wal-Mart.

    The logical conclusion is that yes, fatties did in deed exist in prehistoric society and not only did they exist but they were revered in some way as well. It would also suggest that fatty foods were also available during the same time period. It is doubtful that prehistoric fatty food was in great supply but it would seem to point to a conclusion that the lion share of the available fatty food may have been reserved for these very fat women. After all, people just do not grow to enormous proportions living on nuts, berries and mammoth jerky.

    • I have heard the theories about obese women in the paleolithic era being described as the most desirable and aesthetically pleasing of their time. I disagree that’s why they find many obese statues. I think it’s because it wasn’t normal. In a time when most people were probably thin and trying to survive, If you saw someone that looked different, you would try to depict them. I think an obese woman would be a rare find and would intrigue everyone. Just like the statues of the Roman gods, I don’t think everyone walked around looking like that, but the few who did would make perfect models. I would also venture to say the women were obese because of defect metabolisms rather than overeating.

  2. I would disagree with the defective metabolism theory. I would venture an idea that it was over-eating whether it was forced or voluntary. Even today some primitive cultures still practice a form of force feeding similar to what we know as “gavage”. Certain African tribes still overfeed young girls of marriageable age in order to make them more attractive or desirable to their perspective mates. In the North African country of Mauritania girls as young as 8 are taken from their homes and sent to live at locations where they are forcibly fed by those knowledgeable in overfeeding until they grow to be obese. This type of thing has been going on in these places since ancient times. The concept of feminine beauty in places like Mauritania is very different from that of what we have come to know recently in the west. Their concept of what is attractive in a woman comes from our distant past where the threat of starvation was a shadow that loomed over people every day.
    I would also hazard a guess that in the Paleolithic era these obese women were not nearly as rare as one would think. One has to remember the wide spread locations where these obese idols have been found. Populations back then were small and communication or societal interaction over great distances was extremely difficult if not impossible. This would lead us to conclude that obesity in women or the worship of obese women was quite widespread and common. But these are only theories; we probably will never know the actual significance of these Venus statues. We can only draw conclusions from our observations of more primitive cultures, human nature and human physiology.

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