A food product (e.g., a candy bar, cookie, or donut) sweetened with sugar to resemble the taste of the ripened ovaries of apple, banana, and other seed-bearing plants.
Usage: So successful have fruit substitutes become as "edible signs" (i.e., as foods suggesting the presence of ripe fruits and berries), that they are as common in the modern diet as fruit itself.
Half of the U.S. population, e.g., does not eat a single piece of fresh fruit a day (Sugarman 1992). In a lifetime, Americans eat more candy (1,500 lbs.) than apples (1,400 lbs.; Heyman 1992). Apples, oranges, and raspberries have bowed to sweeter-tasting candies and pastry products, such as Tastykakes®, which encode more chemical information, and have more to "say."
Flavor. Decoded in the chemical channels for taste and smell, a piece of fruit is usually no match for a baked good. As culinary signals, cookies and donuts are designed to send far more complex sets of messages a. to tongue receptors, through sweet--as well as salty--tastes, and b. to nasal receptors, through rich caramelized aromas of baked sucrose and deep-fried fat. A banana's natural flavor molecules (called esters) are pleasant, but are no match for the salty-sweet, buttery taste, and resonant aroma, e.g., of strudel.
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In both the physical and spiritual realm…fruit is essential for our well being. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22).
Have we replaced the real fruit of the Spirit with our own artificially created love, our own alternative to faith, and our own imitation of peace?
Fruit substitutes? I am guilty. I have wandered away from the God ordained and God made fruits He has created. Why do we hunger for those other things? Why do we consume what we knowingly understand is harmful to us? Why do we substitute what is His best for our lives?
Patricia Sprague 2005
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