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National Geographic on food

(article, Culinate staff)

You might think that National Geographic sticks to insects and geology and suchlike. But no; like most publications these days (including, of all things, the tabloid People), Nat Geo thinks food is newsworthy. (It's usually filed under the category '"Health) 

A sampling of recent articles: five health reasons to eat watermelon, a trend story on whether amaranth is going to be the next quinoa, and a cover feature on humanity's long love affair with sugar.

Typical for National Geographic, these articles are more than just sound bites; they're meaty. Did you know, for instance, that consuming watermelon is good for your heart and your muscles? Or that Mexico (the original home of amaranth) has just surpassed the U.S. for the dubious title of World's Most Obese Nation? Or that sugarcane was first domesticated in New Guinea — and that the Age of Exploration might be better classified as a hunt not for spices but for sugar?

The sugar article also discusses evolutionary theory as to how apes and humans became such good processors of sugar — something recently addressed in a Science journal article exploring our genetic predisposition to get fat.