Science Explains Our Food Porn Obsession

Walk into a restaurant today and all you see people taking photos of their food. But this whole food porn craze isn’t just a new fad that appeared with the start of Instagram

People have been photographing or rather painting their food for over 500 years.

And much like today, they painted photos of glorified, extravagant meals that really aren’t a reflection of the average diet. These artists weren’t painting avocado flowers and juicy cheeseburgers.

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Researchers analyzed over 750 European and American food paintings, and found that the most common vegetable painted was artichoke, the most common fruit was lemon and the most popular shellfish was lobster. Basically the paintings featured food that was aesthetically pleasing or technically difficult.

Back to today… Why do we even take photos of our food in the first place?

Well, science says that the act of taking the picture before eating your food can actually make it taste that much better. That’s because we are “interacting” with our food and building up anticipation for the first bite.

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