What the World Eats

  • atxclimber

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    Jun 10, 2007 5:53 AM GMT
    A friend forwarded me this link to a photo essay in Time Magazine:

    What the World Eats.

    I found it really fascinating. In particular, I think it's interesting that the family in North Carolina has almost the highest weekly food budget (exceeded only by the Germans), and yet eats (to my eyes) the lowest-quality diet. Fast food, fast food, and more fast food, complemented by soda and chips. Then you have the Africans who spend $1.23 a week for the family and have bags of grain and peas and whatnot. I know there are massive discrepancies in exchange rate and economies between the nations (you could not purchase the same food the Africans get for $1.23 in the USA) but it does fascinate me that, to some extent, there is an inverse correlation between national wealth and diet quality.

    It's also just interesting to see each family's entire food for a week spread out in a photo. Pretty fascinating. Almost makes me want to do that for my own diet and see what it looks like. I'd like to think it would be all leafy greens and fish and make for a very attractive photo, but in reality there'd be more ice cream in there than I'm comfortable admitting.
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    Jun 11, 2007 5:53 AM GMT
    very interesting stuff. The american food looks so foul in comparison. lol
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    Jul 02, 2009 8:28 AM GMT
    I have several bags of dried beans in the cupboard sitting next to the bags of rice, but I'm too lazy to cook it. Gotta find a decent recipe, then go buy all the perishables. (Why do all bean soup recipes call for celery?) Rinse the beans, sort the beans, soak the beans. Then cook the soup.

    Panera makes some great soups, and you can eat the bread bowl they serve it in.
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    Jul 02, 2009 9:11 AM GMT
    At work I am asked if I am married and shock my coworkers when I tell them that I prepare my own food. They sit there eating their McDonald's, Whataburger, Sonic, and other grossness while I eat healthy. Unfortunately I have to smell their food. I don't tell them it smells gross because I think it is bad manners. Then some complain that they are fat. icon_rolleyes.gif I can't believe I used to think that fast good smelt good.

    I take a cooler into work everyday that fits neatly in my locker. Eating healthy is not that hard to do and if you know what you are doing it is actually cheaper than eating out.

  • Jul 02, 2009 9:34 AM GMT
    I live in West Africa, Liberia to be exact. All we ever eat here is rice and vegetables..i've eaten that since i was born and im 31 now..I have Absolutely no problem maintaining my weight...infact it's the opposite..People here want to be fat...because it shows that ur prosperous and "doing great".. No one here wants to be thin...we all try to be the fattest we can..and the funny thing is in the US, everybody wants to be thin...i guess we as humans just want what we find difficult to have..
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    Jul 02, 2009 9:54 AM GMT
    Did you see the whole row of soda for the Mexican family?

    And I dont know where Clingbourne Ducis is, but they eat mayonaisse sandwiches....wtf! ... icon_eek.gif

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    Jul 02, 2009 11:02 AM GMT
    How interesting... should not have viewed this before having breakfast, but still, interesting. I too was kind of appalled at the family from North Carolina's purchases. Two pizzas in one week? I think I have one half of one every three...maybe.

    The look at the amount of pre-packaged, processed foods in Japan was also kind of eye-opening. I bought a lot of them myself when I was living there, and thought I was eating pretty healthy, but boy are those things high in sodium and MSG. I was a little appalled at the preservative content when I finally read and understood the label.

    Truthfully, just looking at their groceries, I wanted to join he Egyptian family for a few meals. What about he rest of you? Which family's groceries made you want to join them for that week?
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    Jul 02, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    I'll play. I'd like to eat with the family from Ecuador. I want to taste that potato soup with cabbage recipe they have, but it's a shame they don't have more fruit in their diet. I think the Mexican family wins for the most fruit.
  • metta

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    Jul 02, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    owl975 saidvery interesting stuff. The american food looks so foul in comparison. lol


    There is a very good documentary our right now: Food Inc.




    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/food_inc/
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 02, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    Cyber Chcolate.

    Hey, maybe I should move to Liberia . Since I have problem losing weight and probably I can get to meet more good looking THIN men there!!!
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    Jul 02, 2009 10:41 PM GMT

    What the World Eats

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