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Why do we put lettuce on hamburgers and other food color questions

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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 11:11 AM
This is a rant, but it's a food rant, so I put it here.

Why do we put lettuce on hamburgers? Why ketchup or tomatoes? Is it really just a taste thing? Or is it a color thing? Seriously. Who is the first person to say.."here, let me put this green tasteless leaf on my nice thick hamburger."

What about that little sprig of parsley on the side of your steak plate? What is it's purpose? Do most people who eat steaks really need that or care that it's there?

Why do we feel it is necessary to make foods look appetizing by intermingling colors on a plate? If we are hungry do we really care that there are correct colors on our plates?

What if we took that nice big steak to Ethiopia? Would they turn it away because it doesn't have the proper garnishments?

Who was the first person to take a vat of 6 month old spoiled milk, scrape the mold of off it, and say I'm gonna eat this, and invent cheese? Yes I know that s an over simplification, but these are the things that often prevent me from falling asleep at night....

Yes. I am a very picky eater. I will only eat a very few select things, and most things green and red I don't eat. On the other hand, I would probably be a vegetarian, except for the fact that I don't like vegetables.:bnghd:

posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 01:02 PM
I too am a picky eater but lettuce or parsley on the side seems to indicate that who ever prepared the plate wanted it to look colorful and appetizing for ya! No lettuce or catsup on my burger - but I do think mustard and a nice fresh slice of tomato adds to the flavor.

No onion please - its white!

posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 02:49 PM
I like the lettuce because it's crunchy and tastes good, not because it's green.

posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 06:44 PM
I like lettuce in my bun, with a dab of salt and vinegar, because it gives the impression I care about my health ; I just conveniently forget about the quarter pound of flame grilled cow that's in there too.

I've never understood why they put all manner of chemicals in lemon juice for human consumption ... yet put the juice of freshly squeezed lemons in dishwasher detergent.

Go figure that one !

posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 02:33 PM
Food is not there to just cure your hunger and feed the belly, and it's not the only reason we eat. Sure we need to sustain our bodies, but I just hope the route to sustenance is full of excitement and adventure.

Taste is important.
Presentation in vital.
Texture has a component.
Fulfillment should be the end result of consumption.

Lettuce has very little nutritional value, but it gives colour, crunch for texture, and pleases the palate. Tomato adds colour, flavour, and texture.
Adding a slice of dill or onions also gives a distinctive change to a burger.

Do you really want a bland beef patty with no spice on a plain bun.

Those of us that cook for others want to make the experience enjoyable. We go out of our way to garnish the plate and make the meal look appetizing as possible, because the eye is the first sense the person uses to appraise the dish.
Smell is second because that's human nature to determine if the food is palatable, everyone sniffs.
Then taste. Tentative at first because this tells you if it's edible.

EDIT: I'll post an experiment I did on colour in a couple hours, and you may be surprised.........

[edit on 16/6/2010 by anxietydisorder]

posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by anxietydisorder

Oh, I know. i really don't even know why I went on a rant about this the other
I guess I was trying to deflect my disgust with another oil leak story I read. Although I still don't care for most green, red or white

posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 06:38 PM
There is a difference between eating and cuisine.

If you are eating for energy and sustanance, then yes, how it looks and colors and all that doesn't matter.

When you are eating for cuisine, how it looks and smells, makes a difference. Flavors should be balanced and compliment each other. The colors should draw the eye. It can be an art form.

Just because you don't like lettuce doesn't mean others do not. Lettuce is a nice, cool, soft compliment to hot meat.

As for the parseley, it is actually meant to be chewed on after the meal to remove odors from your breath.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 08:20 AM
lettuce has a taste. you cant taste it?

It's nice, in burgers, with a big slice of Beef Tomato

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 10:15 AM
Depends on how you cook them.
I like mine bloody rare.
Lettuce, between the burger & the bun, keeps the bun from getting soggy.

Also, try different kinds of lettuce.
Ice Berg lettuce is mostly water and has little taste; Boston lettuce, however, has a taste unto itself and can add a very nice flavor to a salad, or burger.

It is actually good for you. (Nutritious Parsley: Not just Decoration)

Bleu Cheese/Gorgonzola/et cetera:
Health Benefits of Bleu Cheese

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 01:33 PM
Have you ever tasted parsley? It's kinda minty, it's supposed to be enjoyed after the steak.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 11:23 PM
I remember putting lettuce and tomato and ketchup and mustard and everything else available on school-lunch burgers...

just to make them edible.


posted on Jul, 6 2010 @ 04:52 PM
The lettuce is for the texture, not the taste...

As for what difference it's the difference between painting a house, and a Monet. One is utility, the other is art.

Food prep can be an art.

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