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You are what you eat

Meaning

The notion that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food.

Origin

This phrase has come to us via quite a tortuous route. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826:

    "Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are].

In an essay entitled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism, 1863/4, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach wrote:

    "Der Mensch ist, was er ißt."

That translates into English as 'man is what he eats'.

Neither Brillat-Savarin or Feuerbach meant their quotations to be taken literally. They were stating that that the food one eats has a bearing on what one's state of mind and health.

The actual phrase didn't emerge in English until some time later. In the 1920s and 30s, the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr, who was a strong believer in the idea that food controls health, developed the Catabolic Diet. That view gained some adherents at the time and the earliest known printed example is from an advert for beef in a 1923 edition of the Bridgeport Telegraph, for 'United Meet [sic] Markets':

    "Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat."

In 1942, Lindlahr published You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet. That seems to be the vehicle that took the phrase into the public consciousness. Lindlahr is likely to have also used the term in his radio talks in the late 1930s (now lost unfortunately), which would also have reached a large audience.

The phrase got a new lease of life in the 1960s hippy era. The food of choice of the champions of this notion was macrobiotic wholefood and the phrase was adopted by them as a slogan for healthy eating. The belief in the diet in some quarters was so strong that when Adelle Davis, a leading spokesperson for the organic food movement, contracted the cancer that later killed her, she attributed the illness to the junk food she had eaten at college.


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Post time 2008-6-21 03:31:14 |Display all floors

you are what you eat

Originally posted by adeley at 2008-6-20 16:19
If we are what we eat…we should all be new and improved by now!
如果我们都像所吃的东西一样……我们现在都应该是崭新的、经过改良的!

我也不知道问题出在哪儿 ...

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” ----> later on, people shortened it to "you are what you eat".
人如其食
以食见人

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[ Last edited by edchan at 2008-6-21 06:05 AM ]

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Post time 2008-6-21 04:55:14 |Display all floors

fare enough...

Originally posted by edchan at 6/20/08 02:31 PM

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” <-- you are what you eat
人如其食
以食见人


...but i AINT talkin'

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Post time 2008-6-21 10:50:09 |Display all floors
我们常说:吃什么像什么,吃猪肉会变傻,吃葱聪明,......
我能做什么?

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Post time 2008-6-21 11:09:40 |Display all floors
如果我们也像我们吃的一样,现在可能已经是更新换代到何种地步了.!
Leaning...

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Post time 2008-6-21 11:12:46 |Display all floors
我总觉得西方人的幽默来得更直接一点.

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Post time 2008-6-21 14:20:28 |Display all floors
我觉得这句话应该是在讽刺食品广告上那些介绍人的夸张性与虚假性吧?

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