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The Influence of Religion and Culture on Food Choices

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Vedant Kothari

on 23 October 2013

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The Influence of Religion and Culture on Food Choices
Indian Cuisine
India consists of 36 regional cuisine foods.
All these foods are different per region, like the languages in India.
The two largest groups of foods are North, and South Indian Food.
South Indian food consists of lots of protein, and vegetables.
There is a lot of rice used all over India, and most food contains a lot of spice.
In Southern India people tend to eat a lot of foods like Dosa, Idli, Sambhar and Wada. These dishes are extremely popular all over India and can also be found all over the world.
In Northern India, they make food which consists of more fats, like butters and oils. The most famous foods from Northern India consist of Naan Bread, Paneer (Cottage Cheese) and Kaali Daal (Lentils).
These foods are also found all over India and can be found in most international Indian Food restaurants.

Lebanese Cuisine
Lebanese cuisine consists of a lot of starches, grains, fruits, vegetables and sea food.
It also consists of large amounts of garlic, olive oils and herbs.
Mezze is a range of appetizers that create emotions in the guests with an array of colors, favors and scents.
Lebanese flat bread can often be eaten with meals and can also be a replacement of forks, like traditional breads in India.
Falafel and Hummus are very well known dishes all around the world, A falafel is a fried ball made of spiced chickpeas and hummus is a mix of many grinded chick peas with olive oil and garlic.
Lebanese Food can a well linked with Indian food as many of the styles of food are the same. People in India and Lebanon have a similar palate.

Asian Cuisines
Hindus won't eat cows as they are considered sacred for several reasons. Cows are important as milk producers, as work animals or beasts of burden. The primary reason is that all life is sacred and because they also believe in reincarnation, the cows' spiritual process of evolution will be altered. The cow may be reborn as a human in a later life.
Buddhists are completely vegetarian as they also believe in reincarnation. The eating of any living creature will alter its spiritual evolution.
To a certain extent some Christian clergy, particularly contemplative monks and nuns will not eat meat or fish of any kind as one of the many acts of self-denial they impose upon themselves.
Jewish and Islamic
Islamists and Jews refuse to eat pork because Moses was told by God that these animals are unclean. There is also the fact that these animals have cloven hooves to take into consideration. For similar reasons, Jews will not eat any type of shell fish, or creatures with fins or scales.
All Religions have dietary restrictions for some reason or the other, and these are the factors that create or cause these decisions in culture.
Religious Restrictions
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