Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Food and Culture

Jeff, an ironworker, avoids fastfood and brings a cooler with him with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, smoked salmon, yogurt, crackers and diet sodas. Estimated calories: 6,600 

Noolkisaruni Tarakuai,  Kenya. Her diet for the day includes cornmeal porridge, bananas and black tea with whole milk and sugar. Estimated calories pictured: 800.

Ahmed Ahmed Swaid, 50, Yemen, pictured here with dishes of fava beans, minced meat, lamb and saltah (a stew with beef and eggplant). Estimated calories pictured: 3,300.

These are just three pictures from a photographer and a writer's project, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio, who traveled the world collecting photos and stories about what people eat in a day. They gathered 80 people and took pictures of their planned diet for that day. See more pictures here: Food Pictures

Not only it is interesting to see the difference choice of food in each culture but also in each job and for each age group. Many people eat according to their traditions and others lost their culture to eat in a more globalized way. Many eat too many or too little for their daily activities. Some of them that are seated all day choose a high-carbohydrate diet while others who have to walk and stay up all day choose a more high-protein/high-fat diet.

It is also important to note that many people that were going to eat fast-food on the day they were photographed already knew their food choices and I thought you only eat fast-food when you don't have time not something already planned.

Let's make a game: imagine your food for the day. Could you say you are making the right choices? 

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