Food habits around the world

By on July 30, 2017

“What we think of as good manners in our culture may not be so in another,” Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and director of The Etiquette School of New York and author of The Art of the Meal: Simple Etiquette for Simply Everyone.

Food and tastes around the globe

Reading about the aspect of food around the globe, I discovered that each country and culture has its own healthy eating habit. Moreover, what some cultures consider being healthy, others may find harmful to their health. Usually, we need to find a balance in our lives. Maybe, the best thing that we can do is look for those healthy habits that we should include in our own diet.

Healthy Eating Habits From Around the World

There is a huge difference between the obesity rate in America and that in India or Japan (below 5 percent). It is obvious that food and lifestyle have a huge impact on this. Let’s see some examples of healthy habits around the world.

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If you ever go to Ethiopia keep in mind that natives have a tradition of hand-feeding each other, called gursha. This makes it difficult to keep track of how much one eats. Their diet is rich in beans, food vegetables and lentils and is light on animal products. Perfect for vegetarians!

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A thought that came to mind is that using chopsticks can be an exercise in itself to eat slower. Eating slowly is proven that it reduces obesity and cardiovascular disease. The Chinese diet contains a lot of fish, rice and fruits. Excellent for those who want to lose weight.

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If you plan to visit France, people associate food with pleasure, something that does not influence the obesity rate. Surprisingly, it is still lower than that of the U.S.A. Whatever you do, try to avoid too much pastry on a daily!

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Here, people are starting more and more to look after their diets and for healthy foods: fruits and veggies grown locally. It is recommended to read nutrition labels carefully and if you find ingredients that you have never heard about, try searching up more information before you choose to eat it. 

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Wine, pasta, pizza, Mama Mia! During your trip to Italy you will for sure enjoy long and late dinners in the evening. Try to avoid too much pasta during these dinners. Tiramisu and cannoli however must be present at every meal!

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If you travel to Romania get ready for a lot of homemade dishes. In rural areas, most of the ingredients still come from their own garden or from local producers. Pay attention to the homemade sweets! You might not be able to stop eating!

Strange food customs from around the world

No matter if you are in Rome, Berlin, New York or Beijing, pay attention to what we call ‘strange food customs’ from around the world. Here are some “customs” you should pay attention to:

  • Never flip the fish from your plate if you are in China. Flipping a fish is known to be a symbol for capsizing a boat, never a good thing.
  • Never pass to someone else using chopsticks if you are in Japan, because here bones are passed this way during funeral rituals.
  • Don’t pour a drink for yourself in you are in Korea. You should wait or ask for someone to do it for you.
  • Use your knife and fork to eat chicken if the country you are living in is Chile. Never use your hands.
  • If you are dinning in Portugal or Egypt, never ask for salt and pepper. It is seen as a huge offence to whoever cooked the meal.


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