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186: The shocking history of YOUR favorite food

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As a species we’re practically hardwired to obsess over food. 

And from the cultural ties, to the taste and nutritional profiles – our knowledge of food is vast, and expands in many directions. 

But what most people DON’T know, is that foods come with an incredibly rich and fascinating history – including their original purpose, symbolism, and dynamic relationship with humans. 

And my guest talks all about it. 

On this episode, I speak with Matt Siegel, former English Professor and author of the book The Secret History of Food: Strange But True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat.

Matt and I uncover the hidden truths behind popular foods, including our toxic codependency with corn, and the perpetual problem with most commercial olive oil. We  also reveal why tomatoes were once blamed for witchcraft and werewolves, and potatoes for syphilis and leprosy! 

On this episode you’ll learn:

  • The BIG problem with corn ( how it’s hurting our bodies and our planet) (4:00)
  • Why it’s nearly impossible to truly “eat like your ancestors” – and what to do instead(11:00)
  • The health-destroying food most people are unknowingly consuming EVERY day– and how to avoid it (12:30) 
  • The unfortunate truth about MOST olive oil on the market – and how to decipher between a real olive oil and a bottle of “poison” (20:00)
  • Why cereal was first created to be disgusting (and was even causing broken teeth!) – and how it evolved to be the sugar-bomb Americans love today (24:00)
  • Why our ancient ancestors were genuinely afraid of tomatoes (and why YOU still should be!) (33:00)
  • The oral hygiene trick that works for almost ALL of my patients – and how you can easily incorporate it into your routine(42:00)

Mentioned on this episode:

The Secret History of Food: Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat

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Episode Transcript:

Matt Siegel Transcript

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About Dr. Gundry

Dr. Steven Gundry is a renowned heart surgeon and New York Times bestselling author of “The Plant Paradox” and “The Plant Paradox Cookbook.”

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