Why do we love food?
The first answer that comes into my mind is “we need it for survival” but is this everything? Food offers a variety of source that we need in our daily lives such as carbohydrates, vitamise, proteins as well as fats. These enable our bodies to perform tasks we have to face regularly at work, school or in our leisure. Aside from survival, some people choose their food based on an individual taste such as sweetness, sour, bitter, spiciness, or just because it is yummy. Eating fruits might be more joyful because they are sweet, juicy and healthy and similar is with vegetables, whereas others like to enjoy something meatier.
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Why is it like that?
I assume there are several reasons why people have particular preferences over the other. I also believe that the way we are raised, when we were born, or whether we have a faith plays a big part in our food choices. Being raised in a rural region might affect our foods choices probably more compared to people living in bigger cities. People from these regions may rely more on the food they have access to, which might be cows, goats, or poultry and some vegetables based on the area.
For these people, processing of the food and eating as much as they can is crucial, and it reduces to waste food. On the other hand, in the new world or the bigger cities, we do not have the same experience and buy whatever we feel like. Does it mean we are experience and respect food in a very different manner? I am not sure how to answer this question, but I would say yes, we are. This leads nicely into the next point I mentioned earlier when people have been born.
Being born in the 20th century has probably a lot of benefits compared to the past in particularly in the food industry. Nowadays, we may buy everything that we want in the supermarkets without to think about where the food comes from. Does it mean that our society does not care about food production? I don’t think so because we do have a variety of people, e.g. vegetarian, vegan and not to forget the meat lover and all of them have a good reason for their food selection. It does not make one person better or worse than the other, but perhaps we may learn a lot from each other instead of pointing to each other.
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Where do you see yourself? Have you ever thought about why you choose a particular food that you eat?
This is a difficult question, and to be honest, I could not answer without taking a moment to think about. What I know is that I like food, and this includes vegetables, fruits and meat. I try to have a balanced diet, and I am happy to pay a bit more when I know where the food is coming from and that it is treated with respect. What about you?