Issues of Cultural Diversity and Diet Essay

800 Words Feb 2nd, 2013 4 Pages
Cultural Diversity-African American Diet
In the present time the African American culture changed quite a bit in being removed from where they as a people originated or should I say their homeland from whence they came. African American people are a people who are influenced tremendously from their fore fathers and mothers who lived in the southern part of the United States. The nomenclature for this group is to include African American, Black Americans or people of color. I prefer to use African American at this time since I am preferably writing about my own cultural background. The food habits of African Americans originated and resolved around food. They are a society who are based around religious ceremonies and celebrations to
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The traditional ways of preparing foods by African American include Barbecuing and frying. Another deep tradition is to serve most of the foods with rich gravies and sauces. If some of these practices could be omitted or streamlined we would encounter a much healthier diet and this would take care of another problem among African Americans that I have not addressed which is obesity. I am going to steer clear of this issue at this time and concentrate on the other issues that I have already discussed.
Education:
We need to teach preparation of foods and encouragement to those on provision of low cost but nutritious ways. For instance we can start by modifying salt and sodium intake by making changes in our diets to substitute herbs for seasonings, increasing amounts of vegetable and decreasing amounts of meats. Straying away from fats as in removing the skin from meats would also help. Maybe even learning to reduce the amount of food eaten at one given time. If it is found that it is hard to change then at least modify the recipe of favorite foods. At all cost you need to be void of trying to stereotype African Americans because not all African Americans have the poor quality of eating lifestyle. Not all have poor diets or no concern for their health. A lot of African Americans have no understanding of

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