Cultural Identity Is An Invisible Hand That Makes People Eating Habits Through A Stranger 's Eyes

1597 Words Sep 27th, 2016 7 Pages
Food. As tasteful and delicious as it can be, is much more than a nutritious substance that people eat or drink or that plants absorb to support life and growth. A theme that ties with food is culture. Oxford dictionary defines culture as the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular person or society. With that being said, the question “How big of a role does culture play in one’s diet compared to affordability?” arose. This question is highly debatable as it suggests one’s self to look at their eating habits through a stranger’s eyes. If one argues the latter, I’d challenge them to think a bit deeper. Cultural identity is an invisible hand that makes people eat things they subconsciously haven’t notice, with Cultural identity defined as the feeling of being included in a group or culture” (What Is Culture Identity?). This is not to say other factors don’t play an insignificant role to food, but to bring light to how big of an impact cultural identity plays in a person’s diet.
“People from different cultural backgrounds eat different foods”. So naturally the ingredients, methods of preparation, preservation techniques, and types of foods eaten vary among cultures. Cultural identity influence food likes and dislikes. These food preferences result in patterns of food choices within a cultural or regional (JRank.org). America being now referred to a “salad bowl” rather than a “melting pot” is an indication of cultural diversity. People also connect to their cultural…

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