Multiple Reasons for Food Choices

August 21, 2009 Food choice reasons

Some food choices may be made for multiple reasons, or reasons that don’t fit into simple categories. Most people in the West won’t eat dogs. Is this for philosophical or psychological reasons? Dogs are our friends, so we should not eat them – philosophical / beliefs. Yeuch, how could anyone eat a dog? – psychological […]

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Philosophical / Belief System Reasons for Food Choices

August 19, 2009 Food choice reasons

Some people choose and avoid foods based on their belief system. Formal beliefs include religions; informal philosophies include vegetarianism and other moral reasons for choices. Vegetarianism has been around for thousands of years; Buddha and Pythagoras were avoiding meat 2 1/2 thousands years ago. It’s a philosophy that comes in and out of popularity. Nowadays […]

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Psychological / Gut Feeling Reasons for Food Choices

August 17, 2009 Food choice reasons

Cupcake or okra? We’re designed to prefer certain foods, and dislike others – this helps keep the species alive. However, we’re designed with a certain amount of flexibility. Throughout our lives, we can learn to change our likes and dislikes. Bitter foods may be poisonous, slimy ones may contain bacteria, moldy foods may contain poisonous […]

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Physical / Health Reasons for Food Selections

August 14, 2009 Food choice reasons

Imagine there’s a food that most people can eat, such as peanuts, but it might potentially kill you. You’re going to keep a close eye out for it, and check everything you eat to make sure it’s not included. Most people don’t have such extreme reactions to food. However, if you believe that a food […]

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What Are Food Choices?

August 11, 2009 Food choice reasons

Everybody eats, but most people don’t eat everything. Even if someone says they eat everything, you’ll often find they avoid something – spinach, or organ meats, or insects, or smelly cheese. We’re going to take a look at what types of food preferences people have – what people eat, and don’t eat, and why. There […]

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