You are what you eat?

24 September 2007

One of BBC’s latest programmes that provokes some controversial is The Truth About Food.

Logo of The Truth About Food

When we think of food, it’s usually in context of sustainability and of survival. We eat our three square meals a day to provide energy that we require on a day-to-day basis. Overeating/ undereating, well, that’s a different story.

We are also no stranger to conversations of food as treats and luxurious indulgences. Think rich dark chocolates. Think special delicacies. And the likes of it. As a female, I’m even inclined to treat chocolate as a food group in its own right.

Of course, that’s not all. What about food that people believe will aid in slimming programme (think Beyoncé and her maple syrup diet)? Or food that keeps your complexion beautiful because there’s some sort of anti-oxidants in it? What about aphrodisiac that many rave on their efficiency in keeping one in orgasmic state?

It is well and good to have these questions answered but when does television programming may have gone a step too far? They conducted “tasting session”, somewhat akin to wine tasting, where one tries to characterise the wine and all. Except they’re doing it with sperm. Yes, you read me right. Sperm. And the women were then asked to evaluate if they could identify what the men (i.e. their partners) have eaten prior to the sample collection. Riiiiiiiiiiight.

Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) found it distasteful and blogged about it. He wrote to the BBC site seeking a response and got one. While I don’t agree on showing such clips on the television (something are best left unillustrated) I didn’t find myself nodding in agreement to Mr Linehan’s comments either. I think he jerk-reacted to the letter, and did not see that the researches conducted into linking food and taste are of interest to many, even when it involved sperm (which definitely is *not* a food group). I don’t think the producers behind the show are out to mock him nor to make fun of the issue.

Afterall, sexual satisfaction is a primitive need and every individual’s preference runs differently. One can see in this context then how the taste of the sperm may be an issue…

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2 Responses to “You are what you eat?”

  1. med said

    hi hie 😉

  2. Alexalynn said

    hi med!! 😉

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