Gettin’ Biblical With Portion Sizes

March 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

I love this one!

Recently, a US study examined over 50 biblical Last Supper paintings and came up with an interesting find.  Apparently, we’ve been eating increasingly larger portions over the past 1000 years (Yes, 1000!).

The study was led by Brian Wansink of Cornell University, author of “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think” (a must have book), and his brother, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Thanks to computer design techonology,  researchers anazlyed the size of the main meals (entrees), bread, and the plates relative to the average size of the disciples’ heads. 

The study showed that the sizes of the portions and even the plate size in the artworks, painted over the past millenium, have gradually increased by between 23 and 69%.  Over the past 1000 years, the size of the main meal has continuously grown 69%; plate size increased 66% and bread siuze about 23%.

“The last thousand years have witnessed dramatic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food,” Wansink said in a statement.

“We think that as art imitates life, these changes have been reflected in paintings of history’s most famous dinner.”

Hmmm, WWJD now?


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