Thursday, May 15, 2008

Day 45-Nutritional Bite

Diets Around the World- Bhutan
Families from Bhutan spend 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03 for their weekly food expenditure. Bhutan is located in the Himalayan mountains, and 80% of their livelihood is from agriculture. The geographical advantages create fertile soil with dense vegetation and wildlife. Rice, buckwheat, and maize are the staple foods of the country. The diet also includes pork, beef, yak, meat, chicken, and mutton. Emadatshi, soup made very spicy with cheese and chilies, is a popular national dish. Dairy foods are common, and almost all milk is turned into butter and cheese. Popular beverages include butter tea, tea, locally brewed rice wine and beer. Bhutan is the only country in the world to have banned the sale of tobacco. The life expectancy was 66.1 years in 2003. With the change of life-style from the agrarian society to a more complex modern and competitive society, rheumatic heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, and especially cervical cancer are on the increase. Presently, most of the cancer cases are referred to care outside the country. The government is now initiating actions to have programs in place to deal with the increase of these diseases.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Interesting.... cancer is uncommon in Bhutan, and patients are referred to doctors outside of the country. Common diseases in an industrialized society are uncommon in an agrarian society. I can't imagine living in an agrarian community, but there are plenty of benefits such as less cancer and diabetes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great looking blog! What we can learn from other countries. -jd-