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Plastic and respiratory foods: concepts and discussions about nutrition in chemical medical sciences and their role in 19th Century cookbooks

Grant number: 12/25181-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Science
Principal researcher:Ana Maria Alfonso-Goldfarb
Grantee:Cristiana Loureiro de Mendonça Couto
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Exatas e Tecnologia. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/14040-9 - Revealing natural processes through the laboratory (Phase II): the search for material principles in the three kingdoms until the specialization of science in the 1800s, AP.TEM


The aim of this Project is to investigate the relationships between health, food and science, particularly medical and chemical concepts, in Brazilian and foreign cookbooks published between 1840 and 1889. The main object of this study will be Justus von Liebig`s ideas (1803-1873). The observations by that time indicating the importance of nitrogen for human diet lead the German chemist to propose a classification system differentiating non-nitrogenous and nitrogenous foods. We will analyze the influence of his ideas, as well as other scientific ideas of the period, into cookbooks published during that time. These are, in turn, related to discussions about nutrition and health that helped to determine the concept of an ideal diet for that time. This analysis will be undertaken through the intersection of historiographical, epistemic and contextual spheres of analysis, used in studies of history of Science by our Program.

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DE MENDONCA COUTO, CRISTIANA LOUREIRO. The Chemistry of Diet: Medicine, Nutrition, and Staple Foods in Imperial Brazil. AMBIX, v. 62, n. 4, SI, p. 345-362, . (12/25181-5)

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