Diets have changed from the dawn of humans to the present day. We now have different priorities and our needs and modes of consumption were altered by the Industrial Revolution. Until the 1970s we ate for pleasure; today, we are more conscious of aesthetics and health.
A new monograph from the Louis Bonduelle Foundation, L’Homme face à son alimentation (Mankind and Nutrition), addresses how nutritional norms have developed over the centuries. It is based on presentations by Pascal Picq, palaeoanthropologist at the Collège de France; Martine Padilla, director of research in nutritional economy; and Serge Hercberg, INSERM research director, professor of nutrition and coordinator of the NutriNet Santé study, given during the last Louis Bonduelle Foundation Conference.