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Old 01.06.2020, 18:07
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Re: Eating Food Well Past Sell By Date

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Why do you think our ancestors added spices to their food?
If you're going to trot out the old line about it being to disguise the taste of gone-off meat then you're mistaken.

Just like the most basic of spices, salt, human ancestors learnt about things that improved flavour, increased safety by acting as a preservative or helped with digestion.

Once cooked in spices, e.g. turmeric, perhaps the best-known example, meat will usually last much longer than if cooked without, as well as tasting better and being more easily digestible. If they used it to eat meat that would otherwise have been rejected then they'd have died out from food poisoning long ago.
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