There are so many different food cultures out there and it doesn’t just depend on where you live. As we develop, so too does our culture surrounding our food. Depending on where we live can have some effect on what we eat. This is mostly due to the soil we have available to grow seeds, how humid and wet our environment is and where we choose to grow them.
When it comes to food I find people can be quite religious. I don’t just mean in the way of what foods you can have depending on religion. I actually mean more to do with in general. Some families, for example, are brought up to have a roast dinner or a takeaway when it comes to entertaining guests. Others may simply prefer to consume large amounts of beef every week. The food we choose to eat says a lot about us and our culture.
Food Cultures & Relations
Food is a portal to discovering other nation culture. Food is a daily habit which is highly connected to the natural climate and environmental factors of each nation.
For example, it is very logical that places who have warm climates and almost 365 days of sun a year that will have higher production of fruit and vegetables. This kind of warm climate places is in close relationship with the rawness and freshness of the dishes that are being prepared.
On the other hand, nations which have harsher climate environmental factors will have food dishes which are high in calories and that is logical because cold weather conditions = more calories that are being burned only by the basal metabolism.
Basal metabolism is the calories = energy we need to have on a daily base just so our organism can be in homeostasis, meaning; just so we can do our daily activities.
How important is our food culture is shown by the fact the is usual for many immigrants (the ones that are in the culinary business) to open restaurants which serve traditional food dishes. Opening traditional restaurants in places far away from home is an indicator of the homesick feeling and nostalgia these people have.
They are aware they miss their traditional flavours, and they know people who are far of home like them will have the same nostalgia as them and will search for comfort in traditional food offered by them.
On the other hand, local people will have the lust to try new flavours, so it is a “win-win” idea.
It is good that we have the privilege to live in modern nowadays because it is so easy to have access to different type of foods. It doesn’t matter where you live on our Planet Earth, you can easily choose between Mediterranean, Asian, European, United States, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Indonesia… and every other cuisine that you can imagine in a matter of minutes.
The Science Behind Food Ingredients
We all enjoy bites of our favourite food choices and there is no doubt about that. Food is a necessity. Our human form uses food to put energy into our system. There are different groups of food ingredients such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, minerals (electrolytes).
Every single one of these different group of food ingredients is very important. They should be incorporated into our daily food intake so our bodies organism can be at homeostasis (the state of balance in the human organism). They are the most important ingredients to help sustain life.
Food is taken up by the body with the mechanism of absorption and after food is processed by different biochemical cycles in our body’s energy is being produced as a final product of the digestion of the food ingredients.
We all know that we need energy so we can be active and do our daily activities (physical and mental activities).
Food and Family
We have very precious memories of our Sunday lunches. We all remember the pie that our mom makes the best. No matter how old we get if we feel stressed or sad the first thing we search as comfort are the flavours that are imprinted in our taste memory from our childhood.
Food and culture can’t be divided. If we think of food, we think of culture. We think of comfort foods, things we normally eat and where we can get them. When you are brought up with your family you learn as part of your culture what sorts of things you should eat. Families are good at teaching others what they have learned and they help you to get a good start in life. Over time we learn to be more aware of food and which ones are good for us.