Friday, May 16, 2008

Day 46-Nutritional Bite

Diets Around the World- Italy
The Manzo family of Sicily spends 214.36 Euros or $331.11 on food for one week. Italians are known throughout the world for pizza, pasta, and tomato sauce. The national diet of Italy has traditionally differed greatly by region. Staple dishes in the north were rice and polenta; and pasta was most popular throughout the south. During the last decades, pasta and pizza (another traditional southern food) became popular in northern Italy. Pasta is more likely to be served with a white cheese sauce in the north and a tomato-based sauce in the south. Italians are known for the use of herbs in cooking, especially oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage. More than 400 types of cheese are made in Italy, with Parmesan, mozzarella, and Asiago among the best known worldwide. A healthy life expectancy at birth is 71 to 75 years old. Childhood obesity is less than 10% in Italy.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
As I studied the Italian School Lunch Program, I enjoyed reading the role food plays in their culture. When Italian children come home from school, most parents quiz their children regarding the food eaten at lunch. In my home, I remember my parents drilling me about what I learned at school. Both are good topics to discuss with children. The contrast was interesting.

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