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The Chemistry of Diet: Medicine, Nutrition, and Staple Foods in Imperial Brazil

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Autor(es):
de Mendonca Couto, Cristiana Loureiro
Número total de Autores: 1
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: AMBIX; v. 62, n. 4, SI, p. 345-362, 2015.
Citações Web of Science: 0
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Brazilian cuisine is much admired by present-day international chefs. However, in the nineteenth century, local ingredients and recipes were looked down upon by the Portuguese colonists, as well as by visiting European naturalists. This fact, together with medical and chemical views formulated throughout the 1800s, led locally trained doctors to attribute the occurrence of countless diseases that devastated Rio de Janeiro to local staple foods, particularly corn and manioc flour. In the first part of the present article, I review the dietary habits of Brazilians through the eyes of European naturalists who travelled across the country in the early nineteenth century. In the second part, I summarise the ideas formulated by French and German chemists on the components, and consequent nutritional value, of cereals and other sources of flour, and then analyse the appropriation of such ideas-particularly those of Justus Liebig-by Brazilian doctors and their adaptation to local conditions. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 12/25181-5 - Alimentos plásticos e respiratórios: concepções e discussões sobre nutrição nas ciências químico-médicas e seu papel em receituários e livros de cozinha do Século XIX
Beneficiário:Cristiana Loureiro de Mendonça Couto
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Pós-Doutorado