How did we evolve to enjoy seasonings?
Salt is an easy one because sodium is an essential nutrient, same with sugar, but what about thyme? oregano? basil? What's the evolutionary purpose of liking spices? Why do they make food taste better?
Seems strange that we could evolve to crave an inconvenient, costly addition to perfectly healthy food.
The answer to "why did we evolve to /x/?" is "just because". Evolution has no purpose, please stop making retarded questions.
You <could> ask "how did we evolve to enjoy seasonings?" I guess which is a really fucking complicated question as I don't think we can pinpoint the points at which we started to like / dislike certain things.
It's proof God loves us, and wants us to be happy in order that we reproduce, live in Christian communities, and have children that we raise in the light of the Lord.
Why did we evolve to make art?
Why did we evolve to appreciate natural beauty?
Why did we evolve to do anything beyond base impulses?
Because humans simply can. We enjoy the taste of something, so we add it to something we don't particularly like the taste of.
You must keep in mind not everyone enjoys spices. Some people enjoy less, some people enjoy excess, some people enjoy somewhere in the middle, some people don't enjoy one spice compared to another etc.
So when you assign the idea that "why does the human race enjoy these expensive things?" You miss the point already. You see, I don't enjoy saffron, yet it's the most expensive spice by the pound.
From another angle, we didn't come to enjoy expensive things, we came to enjoy these things and the demand for them made them expensive.
You can delete the thread now. As you can see, most people here don't care about pop-sci questions. And definitely not about "why did we evolve X?" Questions.
No, it's not.
>What's the evolutionary purpose of liking spices?
Absolutely meaningless question that shows he doesn't know what evolution is
>Why do they make food taste better?
Unrelated question about physical properties of food, implying that they are "advantageous" somehow and thus we should like them, again misunderstanding evolution.
Yeah? Prove it faggots. In hindsight you can give any stupid ass reason for things that looks good but history doesn't have a "driving force" that pushes things because they fit nicely. Fuck off with your pseudoscientific crap (shit, not even pseudoscientific but pseudohistoric)
Most creatures have evolved to enjoy eating suitably edible food. We've figured out that spices are edible, but are generally too "strong" to eat on their own.
> Why do they make food taste better?
They have nice flavours.
> Why are those flavours nice?
Association with something edible/nutritious even?
>Tell me wtf is inconvenient and expensive about cooking your lentils with cumin and parsley first OP
It's not inconvenient and expensive in the global mechanized economy we live in now. But my and your ancestors from only a few hundred years ago would find it nearly impossible, never mind stone age hunter gatherers.
You idiots. The herbs we eat have evolved to smell/taste displeasing to native animals (mostly insects) that would eat them. Those plants just so happen to be pleasing to some of our palettes. There is no rhyme or reason to it beyond that.
The question should focus on how the plants evolved, not the humans. Plants evolved to help spread their seeds, tasting good to various types of animals (insects are an animal) helps them reproduce, which is a very strong evolutionary force. Animals are just the vehicle, we didn't evolve to like them, they evolved to be like-able to us.
This is very unscientific, and ignorant. These people obviously know nothing about evolutionary biology and have no right answering this question. Evolution always has a purpose, to create the most fit.
Explaining how it is is often very complicated and most, like yourself, just throw up their hands and say "that's just how it is" or assume "God just made it that way" which is very ignorant in my opinion. There's always a reason, don't listen to these idiots.
Fuck off, see above. The fact that even one person enjoys it makes it a valid question, let alone most of humanity. You being a picky eater has nothing to do with natural tendencies of the majority of humans. Stop encouraging people to not seek truth, again, very unscientific.
Interesting theory, maybe partially true, but I think you're missing the main point. It is true that some animals "crave" foods that are high in particular nutrients low in their normal diets.
So much this.
Plants are cocktails of millions of possible molecules evolved for all kinds of purposes - often they are antimicrobial or antifungal or anti-grazing in function.
Many if not most plants with whatever chemical cocktails evolved for whatever reason, in fact taste fucking awful despite smelling wonderful. Many will also downright poison you. There happen to be a few that actually taste alright or rather, are not unbearably bitter as long as it's in crumb/dust-sized amounts, and also will not make you sick, and somehow over hundreds of thousands of years humans have made a catalog of what the known ones are. Considering all the species of plants out there, the fact that there are only a couple dozen spices/seasonings that are commonly shared the world over is actually a very very narrow selection. So to me, it's more like just by dumb luck these happen to smell/taste good because plants have had to roll the die so many times evolving chemical defenses.
Some seasonings are also derived from fruits or flowers... things evolved to interact with animals. No shit they were selected to be palatable. Even so, again many fruits will kill us if we eat them, so we simply don't eat those ones and stick with the ones we like.
>Evolution always has a purpose, to create the most fit
That's wrong though. The vast, vast, vast majority of evolution is the result of genetic drift, which is completely random and has absolutely no relation to fitness whatsoever as allele frequencies are altered without any consideration for their effects.
Before you start slinging shit about others being ignorant, be sure you know what the fuck you are talking abiut first.