Why We Eat And Drink Our Way Through The Holidays

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Manuela Saragosa explores the link between religion and feasting and learns how food branded as religious ( kosher for example ) has been a marketing success in many parts of the western and developing globe. Host Elizabeth Hotson sips a kosher cocktail for and hears how kosher has gone mainstream especially in the US and is increasingly popular with non-religious consumers.  We follow Katy Watson to the Pacific Island of Tonga where we find avarice, tradition and unchecked feasting has damaged the country's health.

Why we eat and drink to excess may have to do with genetics and the influence of our environment ( or perhaps our food must haves is purely over indulgence, you decide. ) Listen to this light historical look at common excess during the holidays and holy days, h/t BBC.