The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, has issued a list of what it considers to be the 20 most significant inventions in the history of food and drink.
Cooking in oils or fats originated in Egypt in about 2500 B.C. These days, frying is commonly used in the food industry to increase consumer appeal of a variety of foods, which also benefit from a relatively long shelf life.
Modern inventions tended to do better than prehistoric ones, with refrigeration taking the top spot, when Fellows of the Society and experts in the food and drink industry judged innovations on four criteria: accessibility, productivity, aesthetics and health.
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