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Why would anyone feel the need to write an entire book on such a mundane topic such as sugar Look around at some food products you might have and you will realize that many if not all of them contain sugar in some form or another For example a can of soda which most people drink everyday contains depending on the brand approximately 40 grams of sugars Look further and you might find that even things such as cheese or chips or soup contain several grams of sugar in them The wide diversification of products that contain sugar just goes to show you how widespread the use of sugar really is This fact alone could be enough to convince someone to create a book solely about sugar One passage that Mintz quotes on page 15 that really seems to capture our Westerners infatuation with sugar and a strong reason the book at hand is as follows Western peoples consume enormous per capita quantities of refined sugar because to most people very sweet foods taste very good The existence of the human sweet tooth can be explained ultimately as an adaptation of ancestral populations to favor the ripest-and hence the sweetest-fruit In other words the selective pressures of times past are most strikingly revealed by the artificial supernormal stimulus of refined sugar despite the evidence that eating refined sugar is maladaptive With such an obsession with sweet foods there is an obvious desire for an explanation of how such a once unknown substance took center stage on everybodys snack dessert and candy list Thats where Sidney W Mintz comes into play He decided to write this book Sweetness and Power and from the looks of all the sources he used to substantiate his ideas and data it seems that he is not the first person to find the role that sugar plays in modern society important By analyzing who Mintzs audience is meant to be
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