Panel Held to Explain the Effects of Artificial Flavoring

by Renae Morgan


WCC students turned out in high numbers to the Classroom building for a panel discussion on food flavoring this past Thursday, Sept. 27.

Much to the enjoyment of students, Students Involvement provided fruity refreshment for everyone who was in attendance. The discussion officially began at a quarter past twelve with a short 60 minute clip on food consumption and its addictive qualities and how it correlates to the epidemic known as obesity in America.

Four professors spoke on food flavoring and how it is linked to their respective subject area. The first person to grace the podium was Instructor of Psychology, Kamil Hamaoui who gave a well-timed speech on the role the psyche plays in food flavoring.

“Food companies add artificial flavors to food products to make them super-palatable, meaning the flavor is highly memorable and irresistible.” Hamaoui said. “Food is supposed to taste good and be pleasurable to eat. However, if the food products contain high amount of salt, sugar and fat, the reward center in the brain will become activated, resulting in the psychological experience of wanting to repeat the experience.”

Assistant Professor in the department of mathematics and chair for the central committee 2017-2018, Shaun Rajan, followed Professor Hamaoui with a very interactive and fun speech about the role the mathematics play in food flavoring.

Rajan expresses the main objective of his speech on food flavoring and the impact that he wants his speech to have on students.

“I think the main point of my presentation was to show that you can view food flavoring or more broadly, any top from a mathematical point of view.” Rajan said. “Leaving yesterday’s event, I hope all who attended are now inclined to see the world more critically and through mathematical lens.”

Other professors who gave speeches were Dr. Lackey from WCC’S English department as well as Dr. Ameen from the college’s department of economics.

WCC student Julia Santoro was among the attendees at the event and she shared her views on what she took away from the experience.

“I think this is important because they want people to know what’s in their food. I learned about all the ingredients in different types of food like chicken and different fruits.” Santoro said. “I’ll start eating healthy, but sometimes food is just too good.”

Another WCC student, Angel Dario Cabrera Pereira, expresses why he feels such an event is essential for students.

“I think talks like these help people to think of food as an agricultural Act and not just something we consume everyday purely for survival.” Pereira said. “Giving food this approach makes people wonder where it comes from and ultimately want to make healthier choices.”

The main objective of the panel discussion was to encourage better eating habits in students in order for the preservation of their overall health and by extension their lives.

I may be wrong but judging from the reaction of students, they will definitely think twice before chowing down the unhealthy foods. How is that for a new perspective? Goal accomplished, I’ll say.

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