History of Food and Nutrition


I thought it would be fun to just share are few historical food / nutrition events with you today. Cool?

•  The word pizza was documented for the first time in 976 in Gaeta, Italy.


•  Philadelphia claims to be the birthplace of American coffeehouses in 1702.

•  The first record of ice cream in America was in 1744 in Maryland.

•  John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich is credited for inventing the sandwich in the 18th century. The anniversary of his death is today.

•  Protein is identified as the first macronutrient in 1833.

•  Vitamin A was the first vitamin discovered in 1913.

•  The first American food groups guide was published in 1917. The Five Food Groups were:

  • Milk and Meat
  • Vegetables and Fruits
  • Cereals
  • Fats and Fat Foods
  • Sugary Foods

•  Health Canada issued Canada’s first nutrient intake standards in 1938.

•  Dunkin Donuts opened a store in the Philippines in 1981. Also I was born that year.

•  Obesity and diabetes were declared global epidemics in 2009.

We covered coffee, ice cream, pizza, and sandwiches – that about covers my interests!

Is there anything else in the history of food and nutrition that you are curious about?
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