There's a history lesson to be learned in every takeout order. Some of the most common foods—like meat, rice, and sugar—were vital to the course of human history. Without certain innovations in cooking and agriculture, civilization would look a lot different from what we know today.

The question of which foods are most important is the topic of the latest episode of Food History, the Mental Floss YouTube series that dives deep into dishes and ingredients from around the world.

Join host Justin Dodd as he traces human history through our favorite foods in the video below.

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