Thursday, May 22, 2008

Day 52-Nutritional Bite

Diets Around the World- Egypt
The Ahmed family of Cairo, Egypt spends 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53 a week on food. Ancient Egypt lifestyle depicts the love for food on the tomb and temple carvings. These ruins depict large feasts and a variety of foods. Many of these ancient foods are still eaten in Egyptian households today. Peas, beans, cucumbers, dates, figs, and grapes were popular fruits and vegetables in ancient times. Wheat and barley (ancient staple crops) were used to make bread and beer. Fish and poultry were also common. Egypt has a variety of national dishes. Ful (bean paste), tahini (sesame paste), koushari (lentils, macaroni, rice, and chickpeas), aish baladi (a pita-like bread), kofta (spicy, minced lamb), and kebab (grilled lamb pieces) are the most popular. In Egypt more than 25 percent of 4-year-olds are fat.

Sugar Preacher’s Experience
Childhood obesity is not only a national epidemic but is becoming a worldwide epidemic. In NYC, many programs are underway to combat childhood obesity. I think restructuring the food system may work best. For example, government regulations could require a certain amount of healthy and unhealthy foods sold in grocery stores, delis, convenient stores, bodegas, etc… Government subsidization of local farmers might be beneficial also.

1 comment:

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