If someone took the dinner that you prepared, and placed it in a restaurant, nothing changed. Would you still pay full price for it?
Pretend you have no idea what it would taste like and you don't know it is your cooking, but it looks like something you would cook- would you be happy with it or disappointed?
I ask because I find it interesting the contradictory nature of people advocating for food- less preservatives/chemicals/coloring, etc. However, once all of these are taken out of food, you are left with food that looks much like what we make at home. Bread won't have the same color/texture, and so on and so forth.
We have these expectations of what our food should look like then we want those same additives removed. Some of those additives contribute significantly to the flavor as well as consistency/lifespan of the food. When all of these are removed, are we still going to want to pay more for food that quite frankly, doesn't look as good?
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Honestly, I don't pay a whole lot for "presentation" at the places I go out to eat at. I go for food quality, and for service. To me, when too much focus is placed on presentation, I know I'm going to be paying a lot more for the same food, or sometimes even for lesser (or just plain less) food.
I can cook maybe three dozen different "dinner" meals, most of which are fairly simple but good-tasting and filling. I don't spend much time worrying about presentation.
Anyway, your point is about additives, and you are absolutely right. We use them because if we didn't, we'd either have to food shop every single day (as is common in many places around the world), or we'd lose a lot of food to spoilage. And as you point out, many kinds of food would look less attractive and maybe even taste different.
In the US, we've literally forgotten what it's like to starve to death, because that simply just doesn't happen in the US, and food preservatives are one of the main reasons why not. Yet only 80 years ago, people starved to death all the time, and we lost a lot of food to spoilage and bugs and such. Many of our food exports wouldn't make it to other countries without preservatives, which would mean a huge loss in revenue, and likely people starving.
Every action has consequences, and many people are so insulated from those consequences that they never bother to think through the things they wish for.0