Morals and food

From The Guardian: “In recent years, the moralistic lexicon of food seems to have expanded. One recent fad has been for ‘dirty’ American food, a term that revels in the idea that fatty burgers and messy pulled pork buns are so right because they’re so wrong. … Perhaps the clearest proof that the way we talk about food is saturated with moralism is the ubiquity of the term ‘guilt.’ Marketing departments have seen the power of this and promoted ‘guilt-free’ snacks and treats. This promises an escape from self-recrimination but simply reinforces it by suggesting that eating the ‘wrong’ kinds of foods does and should make you feel guilty.”

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