The use of knives began to fade from Asian cutlery as chopsticks popularized; the trend is often attributed to Confucius, an influential philosopher who was vegetarian. He supposedly believed that sharp utensils connoted violence. In one sense, chopsticks stood as a sign of peace.
Nowadays, some dietitians recommend people eat with chopsticks when they're trying to lose or maintain weight; the simple tool makes it take more time to get food from plate to mouth, as opposed to the fork. Many of us have mastered the art of "shoving forkfuls" of food into our mouths at once. Chop...
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