The Poisonous Way The Victorians Processed Food | Absolute History

  • Published on Sep 12, 2019
  • Dr Suzannah Lipscomb show us the dangerous ways the Victorians adulterated food and its deadly consequences.
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  • Kian McWilliams
    Kian McWilliams Hour ago

    I love how she didnt say manufacturers changed their methods, just that they simply started advertising that it was pure and unadulterated, but didnt change at all. Gotta love britain, they couldnt hold an empire OR their public health together

  • rosepattern
    rosepattern 11 hours ago +1

    Poor people :((

  • multsomebodyelse notme Notme

    Hmm interesting...kingsmill call it...liquid ingredients and not even the head taste tester or the lab technicians know what is in it....a disgruntled ex 7 year worker :)

  • arthur paes
    arthur paes 13 hours ago +1

    god i love this show

  • R. C. Christian
    R. C. Christian 13 hours ago

    If you don’t know that food is worse today then I’m sorry.

  • OmegaZync12
    OmegaZync12 13 hours ago

    So the Borax thing right, we're mixing a base with an Acid which causes a salt and a water to be created, so what your drinking would no longer be borax right?

  • Memes Uninvere
    Memes Uninvere 18 hours ago

    If you smoke that is the hidden killer

  • Foebane72
    Foebane72 20 hours ago

    WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE STUPID VICTORIANS?!?!?!?!? Oh, of course, the children die in their hundreds, but fat-cat businessmen will dismiss the TB and Borax claims as HOGWASH, as usual! Fucking hell, am I glad I was born towards the end of the 20th century, none of this crap here!

  • Joan Garcia
    Joan Garcia 23 hours ago

    "Some merchants would substitute real ingredients with cheap alternatives that would add weight and increase profit margins"
    Sounds pretty much similar in 2019 really. Though the substitutes are edible.

  • Jegenija Ljubcik
    Jegenija Ljubcik 23 hours ago

    I have watched 10 adds in the span of 17 minutes are you fing mental ?

  • Law of the Gap
    Law of the Gap Day ago

    Sounds like present day China

  • Joe
    Joe Day ago

    My name is Borax! I like you! I like contaminating your milk! It's nice!

  • Joe
    Joe Day ago +4

    Imagine 200 years from now when people make this kind of documentary about 2019.

  • Austin Lucas
    Austin Lucas Day ago

    This TV Series should have covered old sickness "remedies" from the 1500s or so. I remember reading one where Momma gives her son a 2 or 3 day dead mouse to eat after he gets a cold. That's not near as hilariously horrible as the white horse's manure boiled in wine and strained.

  • Jeanette g
    Jeanette g Day ago

    Lest we forget what people will do for profit!

  • Bela Siqueira
    Bela Siqueira Day ago

    these scare me so much

  • nejivoi
    nejivoi Day ago

    So that's why the British Empire failed.

  • Nirrrina
    Nirrrina Day ago

    Those poor people with collapsing backs. I have bad back issues. Mostly arthritis around a fusion. Add in fibromyalgia & a free large cheesecake. Then I'm hurting only half as bad as these poor folks must have.

  • Craig Crawford
    Craig Crawford Day ago

    As food is still being made today, for profit and truth in labelling is almost non existent...

  • msinvincible2000

    We can't be shocked, because the food we eat is also dangerous: growth hormones, pesticides, GMO... And let's not talk about all the processed food. No, actually we are in a worse situation than the victorians

  • Kia Roane
    Kia Roane Day ago

    Please they are still doing this. It’s just hidden better.

  • kira sussane
    kira sussane 2 days ago

    I'm glad I was born in a time you don't have a short life fur to switching the light on and dying on an explosion or eating adultered bread.

  • Stephanie Chan
    Stephanie Chan 2 days ago

    And on top of all this, my great, great grandmother endured about 14 pregnancies - only 6 survived.

  • Hedvig Marie
    Hedvig Marie 2 days ago +5

    This video: the poisonous way the victorians processed food
    The video next to this video in my recommendations: how to make breakfast: the Victorian way

  • Karim Williams
    Karim Williams 2 days ago

    Is anyone else gonna say it?
    Alright then...

  • Lee Wardle
    Lee Wardle 2 days ago

    The same people who throw up their hands in horror when anthropologist disturb ancient human remains have no problem relentlessly criticising the ancestral and cultural heritage of living people until it becomes something quite dreadful to behold.

  • No One
    No One 2 days ago +4

    Just remembered that scene from a movie set on the Victorian era where a man gives a loaf of buttered bread and glass of milk to a little orphan girl and then puts her to sleep with a smile.

  • Amilliya Shukrun
    Amilliya Shukrun 3 days ago

    What's new now in our time...don't trust Hovest, buy own brand! 😂

  • Bella Rose
    Bella Rose 3 days ago +1

    No wonder ppl died young back then!

  • Alex Arviso
    Alex Arviso 3 days ago

    Dam socialists.

  • Kane
    Kane 3 days ago

    My god my family made it 😂🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  • ItIsFunnyDamnIt
    ItIsFunnyDamnIt 3 days ago +2

    Now that I finally watched this will you please stop appearing in my suggested videos.

  • Angie Sangre
    Angie Sangre 3 days ago +2

    Meanwhile Central Natives taking baths in golden bathtubs, collecting crops, and building water channels throughout their city
    While this is going on in Europe lol

  • Jenny Sawyer
    Jenny Sawyer 3 days ago

    This is happening in China right now

  • Rosalie
    Rosalie 3 days ago +1

    I am absolutely stunned that anyone made it out of the Victorian era alive. Everything was a death trap!

  • 777killad
    777killad 4 days ago +2

    Regulation is important boys and girls.

  • Chant Farrar
    Chant Farrar 4 days ago

    They still do this... but now it’s AROUND THE WORLD.

  • wizzlesticks
    wizzlesticks 5 days ago

    Fast forward 100 years, How Millennials poisoned themselves: "Back in the 2020's, merchants known as supermarkets sold food filled with preservatives such as Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Sulfite (E221), Sulfur Dioxide (E220), Propyl Paraben, BHA And BHT (E320)), as well as high fructose corn syrup. This prolonged the shelf life of food, and the corn syrup helped to disguise bland tasting food, often sold in cans."

  • David Ripley
    David Ripley 5 days ago +1

    . . . Notice how the Doctors have fantastic hair, Kate Williams has spectacular copper tresses. That aside, a fascinating look at our weird past by top people. Love it!

  • Candice Williams
    Candice Williams 5 days ago +1

    So were there some people who ate healthy I’m guessing the wealthy....

  • Perry Stroika
    Perry Stroika 5 days ago

    Ugh progress

  • Lisa G
    Lisa G 5 days ago +3

    The guy in the lab coat looks like an actor. He probably is.

  • Lisa G
    Lisa G 5 days ago

    Borax/Boron cured my osteoporosis and arthritis. In tiny amounts everyday. So??? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🧐🧐🧐 it’s not a bathroom clean although can be used for that. It’s a salt mineral. Do your homework before making assumptions people.

    • p l a n t i n t e n s i f y s
      p l a n t i n t e n s i f y s 7 hours ago

      Lisa G, if *ingested* in larger amounts. they did their homework by interviewing medical professionals

  • Sarah Baer
    Sarah Baer 6 days ago

    It feels like we are living in the Victorian era now with the food adulteration

  • Sunny S
    Sunny S 6 days ago

    Nothing realy changed

  • 3RDi NoMaD
    3RDi NoMaD 6 days ago +3

    0:43 T H I C C

  • Myr Na
    Myr Na 7 days ago +1

    all these things are still happening in some corners of the developing countries

  • 3 AM
    3 AM 7 days ago

    So, I do not understand. Where did the food producers and food merchants procure unadulterated food? Or did they really believe the poison crap they sold was just fine, and so ate it happily themselves?

  • Algrenion
    Algrenion 7 days ago +2

    i've always loved all these historians, they're so pretty and smart and informative - Suzannah especially...
    this was one of the first docs to really get me into history

  • Pumpkin Patch Exotics

    Mustered is white naturally not yellow. Its died so it's right away easy to id away from mayo.

  • Codo All
    Codo All 7 days ago +1

    Oh shit I have a flu I gonna leave out 3 liters of blood

  • Emilie Carbonneau
    Emilie Carbonneau 8 days ago

    Historians in a 100 years will probably say how terrible our processed foods is right now! Eat clean, friends.

  • spakkajack
    spakkajack 8 days ago

    the american food industry has learned much from the victorians. mmmm mc donalds anyone. yum.

  • Pink Alligator
    Pink Alligator 8 days ago

    14:20 girl, I think you got that backwards..
    this ain't our time, in these days things much worse than death were common place

  • An Hw
    An Hw 8 days ago +1

    China is going through the Victorian era of food right now.

  • J. K.
    J. K. 9 days ago

    You can't trust the Brits.

    PENGDO 9 days ago

    Sound like modern day China.

  • Pathwanderer
    Pathwanderer 10 days ago

    "How could people eat such things?" you ask?
    this question's answer is known to the management of mcdonalds :-)

  • SoHardToBeMe
    SoHardToBeMe 10 days ago +1

    Welp, time to become a farmer

  • Cleveland Olivia
    Cleveland Olivia 10 days ago

    Where is the full documentary?