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Do you say this and think you're the first to say it ?

Asked by Aster (18220points) August 10th, 2014

Once a month, on average, I hear or read a person saying with an air of intelligence and perceived originality, “if I can’t pronounce an ingredient on something I refuse to eat it. ” Not only that, surely some ingredients that are beneficial are hard to pronounce for some.
Everyone and his dog says this. Do you? And , if so, do you think you thought of it on your own?

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dxs's avatar

I don’t say it. It’s one of those stupid dogmatic phrases that people like the sound and idea of so they close-mindedly bind themselves to it…a perfect way to miss out.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I’ve never said this. But note that thinking you’re the first to say something and thinking you thought of it on your own are quite different. It is both possible and common for multiple people to come up with the same idea independently, and so one might still feel original (in the sense of coming up with it on one’s own) even if one is not the originator of an idea (in the sense of being the first person to come up with it).

Mariah's avatar

I hear this from a lot of the same people who think “big pharma” is conspiring against us and who boast about not consuming “chemicals.” As such it drives me up the wall like both of the examples I cited.

I understand the reasoning behind it. I think it is misguided.

dxs's avatar

By the way, I Most certainly was the first person to think of putting fries in my burger!

zenvelo's avatar

@dxs you are so derivative. That is a natural evolution of my inserting rippled potato chips on my burger. I want licensing fees….

This is a good guideline when buying food, because it only applies to processed “food”, not to natural foods such as fruits and vegetables. It is one of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules.

ibstubro's avatar

I don’t say it and I’ve never really heard it before.

Most of my vocabulary came from reading and retaining so I use words here on a regular basis that I cannot pronounce. I’m a lot smarter on-line than I am face-to-face. :)

ragingloli's avatar

Of course not, that would be stupid.

Berserker's avatar

I’ve never said this, and in fact I often eat things without even knowing what they are. Crap, as far as I’m concerned, EVERY part of every vegetable can be eaten.

zenvelo's avatar

@Symbeline Please don’t think all of a plant can be eaten. There are many poisonous parts of otherwise edible plants. Don’t eat the leaves of rhubarb, or potatoes, or tomatoes, unless you want to get sick.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I’ve never said it and never will. I rarely hear it ‘round these parts, but I’ve seen it plenty on TV and online, often offered as nutrition advice. I call BS.

I don’t often look at ingredients, anyway. I have no food sensitivities or dietary restrictions, and I care way more about calories and macronutrients than ingredients.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Aster Ask people who say this what they think of dihydrogen monoxide, aldosic monosaccharides, or glycolaldehyde. If the answer is that they want nothing to do with such chemicals, inform them that each one is necessary for human life to exist.

@ibstubro We’re all smarter on the internet than we are in real life. Online, no one can see you checking Google before posting your answers.

Adagio's avatar

The only person I have ever heard say that is Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s a really dumb thing to say, said by people who don’t realize everything we consume is made up of chemicals that are hard to pronounce. Tomatoes, for example, have lycopene.

“In plants, algae, and other photosynthetic organisms, lycopene is an important intermediate in the biosynthesis of many carotenoids, including beta carotene, which is responsible for yellow, orange, or red pigmentation, photosynthesis, and photo-protection. Like all carotenoids, lycopene is a polyunsaturated hydrocarbon, i.e. an unsubstituted alkene. Structurally, lycopene is a tetraterpene and assembled from eight isoprene units that are composed entirely of carbon and hydrogen. It is insoluble in water. Lycopene’s eleven conjugated double bonds give its deep red color and its antioxidant activity. Owing to the strong color and non-toxicity, lycopene is a useful food coloring ”

Holy shit we’re all gonna die.

Aster's avatar

Well, yes but I think lycopene is easy to pronounce , don’t you? lol

zenvelo's avatar

Lycopene is not listed on the outside of a tomato.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, it damn well should be @zenvelo! It’s a conspiracy! they don’t want us to know what is really in a tomato! Thanks Obama.

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