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ANTH 2322 - 003 Food Culture Notes

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Here are the notes for the food culture. Keep in mind that this chapter was discussed only in class and is not available in the book. - I'm always happy to help :)
Isabel Montemayor
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Date Created: 09/26/16
ANTH 2322 Isabel Montemayor Food and Culture Notes:  Food Culture: - Every culture has a unique food culture which fits its people. - The food we eat (the type of food and the amounts in our diets) tells us about who we are and our lives. - What food culture includes are notions of the sacred and profane. What this means is that only certain foods can be eaten in certain cultures. - This due to the fact that food culture highly depends on: - 1. Religious beliefs - 2. Environmental factors - 3. Economy - 4. Population  The Symbolic Meaning of Food - Food is learned in a culture (just like language). Therefore, a symbolic meaning is attached to it - A food culture grows when it is exposed to a variety of different foods from around the globe - A variation of food culture is always present within cultures. Foods in different cultures have different methods of preparation and different resources used to prepare them  How Food is Seen: - Food appreciation is subjective - Your diet is highly influenced by who you are, the dates you’ve gone on, and what your parents fed you as a child - There are certain foods in a culture that are good to eat in that specific culture, while not being good to eat in another culture - Many people have Trypophobia (the fear of holes)  Food enculturation: Food is the last vestige of maternal culture we shed when faced with enculturation or diaspora  What Foods Do We Eat? What Foods Do We Not Eat? - The reasons why people don’t eat certain foods is because: - 1. Biologically unsuitable for the body to digest - 2. Religious reasons - 3. A lot of effort needed to find and prepare the food - 4. The effects the foods might have on plant/animal life - 5. Many cheaper and healthier substitutes are available  Food Ways - Food is not equally distributed throughout the world - What leads to people expanding their food choices are food droughts - In many cultures, food is seen as a sign of wealth and power - Certain types of foods are bonded very closely with adaptive strategies  Carnivorous vs Herbivorous - Humans are omnivorous organisms - Low population density, no planting crops  More carnivorous meals (example: Northern Mexico) - High population density, no support for animal production  More herbivorous meals (example: Southern Mexico)  Insects in Diets - There are several societies that include insects as a part of their diets - The practice of eating insects has a long history. It is quite uncommon now. However, it has been witnessed that the practice is slowly coming back to life, as people seek for different sources of protein  Advantages of Eating Insects 1. Insects have a high amount of protein, fat, and lysine, which are all necessary for maintaining good health  Disadvantages of Eating Insects 1. They have a hard shell, which, as a result, makes it hard for our bodies to digest 2. Many insects carry diseases  Food Aversions - Some animals are loved in some cultures and forbidden in others - Many cultures love insects, while others don’t - Example: India has strict restrictions against eating cows. This is due to religious reasons.


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