DifferentDiet Habits in the Different U.S States
Differentstates have different dietary habits depending on where the land islocated and the most produced food in the country. During the springbreak, I went to the various states in the United States. It came tomy notice that people have different dietary habit in various states.The dietary habits are not majorly the favorites or the only meals,but rather the staple meals and diet trends within the city. Thepaper will discuss different diet patterns in different states in theUnited States.
Inthe state of Montana, people often consume the red meat more thananywhere else in the state (Oliver 127). Averagely, most familiesconsume the steaks and also the burgers more than half number of daysin a week. At a close look, the state focuses most on ranching.Hence, the red meat is available all over and at an affordable price.According to Oliver (127), Maine people consume the least red meatthat ranges to once in a week. At a close look, the state consumeslobster at a high rate and also the consumption of the fruit juice isfrequent. In the state, there is access for the lobster as well asthe fresh fruit and the weather also allows the consumption of thejuice. However, majorly the seafood and lobsters make the main mealsin most families (Oliver127).
Hawaiianshave a great combination of diets due to their history (Ross 19). Inthe beginning, they had many visitors interested in their fertilelands as well as the people who went for work who introduced theirdiets to the country (Oliver 127). However, most people consume thevegetables more than three days in a week. The trend is also the sameon the grain foods such as rice (Mushak129).The country also consumes a lot of fruits. At a close look, thecountry has a history of producing the vegetables, grains and fruitslocally (Ross 19).
Thefeeding of the vegetables is also common in California though it isleast among the Nebraskans (Ross 19). It is critical to note that theCalifornians prefer salads and I saw that they really make some ofthe best salads I have ever tasted. According to Ross (19), theCalifornian mild Mediterranean climate favors production of freshvegetables, fresh fruits, and fresh meat. Therefore, the meals aredetermined by the farmer`s market though in the coastal region seafoods are common. In the US, the state is known for producing mostfruits and vegetables and exporting them to other countries (Mushak129).
Theproximity to New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia determines asubstantial influence of diets. The states consume much of fast foodsthat range from the fries, the hot dogs, pork rolls and pizza amongothers (Morales 2). The states have fewer lands for the production offresh foods, hence most depend on the imported food stuff to makefoods. Apart from the availability of the land, the soil type doesnot favor vegetable production, especially in New York. InPhiladelphia, cheese steak is most consumed and iconic (Nestle 358).However, the three states have mixed dietary habits due to mixedethnicities that influenced a wide range of diets available.
Onthe snacks, there are different roadside snacks preferred in variousstates. The Alabama do boiled peanuts made of fresh peanuts that areboiled and salted (Morales 2). Alaska`s meal mostly found in thefinest restaurants is the caribou steak that was initially thetraditional Eskimo staple food(Mushak 129).In the Southwest, Arizona, fry bread has been common in many familiesfor the last more than 150 years (Ross 19). It is consumed withhoney, ground beef, beans, and cheese among others. Arkansas is knownfor fruits, and the pink tomatoes are grown in the state for years(Morales 2). Colorado has wild waters of the Rocky Mountains thatexplain the availability of trout (Mushak129).The silvery trout has tender flesh and is freshly fished and locallyprepared.
Connecticutborrows a lot from Italians. Hence, the adoption of famed Pizza is aculture borrowed from the Italian immigrants in the late 19th century(Nestle 358). Scrapple in Delaware is commonly made of pork trimmingscombined with flour or cornmeal forming a loaf that is fried. SinceFlorida produces most citrus products, they produce the tastiest keylime pie. According to Nestle (358), the huckleberry growing wild inthe Northwest and Rocky Mountains is highly consumed in pies inIdaho. Chicago people consume a lot of hot dogs, hence the style inIllinois. Hoosier state expresses their love for the pork in theproduction of the best pork tenderloin sandwich.
Inconclusion, most states opt for the readily available food stuff asthe staple meals. The leading partners of the states determine thediets they adopt. However, other states become famous for theirbest-made foods like Iowa is best known for their loose meatsandwich. Breadbasket state of Kansas produces popcorn hence muchconsumed in the state (Ross 19). The Kentucky fried chicken isfamously known as KFC was founded in the eastern region of the state(Morales 2). Chesapeake Bay contains many blue crabs hence Marylandbest makes crabmeat and also the crab cakes (Nestle 358). Most dietsare not particularly balanced diets, though they are available andlocally produced.
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Oliver,Sandra L. Foodin Colonial and Federal America.Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2005. Print.
SandraLouise Oliver wrote the book. Sandra tells how Europeans forged asociety and culture that was profoundly influenced by Indians andAfrican slaves. The Americans developed regional food habits withwhat they brought with them, the food they found there, and thetraded stuff around the globe. The book narrated the history from1567 when the Spanish settled in Florida, to 1825 when wheat from theWest was made available, through the Erie Canal, to the East. Manychapters cover L Foodstuffs, Food Preparation, Eating Habits, andConcepts of Diet and Nutrition and the difference in diet habitsacross states. The author gives a detailed account of food gathered,grown, and prepared in the early period of European settlement inAmerica.
Ross,Carolyn C. TheBinge Eating & Compulsive Overeating Workbook: An IntegratedApproach to Overcoming Disordered Eating.Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2009. Print
CarolynCocker Rose gives a comprehensive report on people with binge eatingdisorder and other overeating disorders. In her interest to makereaders learn to use proven complementary and alternative medicinetherapies that help in developing a healthy relationship with foodand eating, she covers a broad range of foods commonly consumed invarious states. The content though in the form of criticismhighlights everyday diet habits in states that may lead to a binge.She also explains the reason as to why most feeds are consumed, andit narrows down to the availability of the food.
Nestle,Marion. FoodPolitics on How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health.Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. Print.
MarionNestle, the author of the book, explains how powerful, intrusive,influential, and invasive big industry is and how it is important toprevent it from influencing individual nutrition and dietary habits.The book underlies politics concerning food in America and thechoices that threaten health. As a result, Marion gives samples ofthe states that produce various foods, their consumption, andinfluence to other countries. Nestle reveals how the corporatecontrol of the nation`s food system has limited people`s choices andthreatens health.
Mushak,Paul. AnEnvironmentalLead and Human Health Science, Risk Assessment and Regulation.Pergamon, 2010. Print.
Thebook gives detailed arguments on the health science and the humanhealth risk. The health risks vary from the environmental factors tothe dietary factors of the individuals. The lead factors access howrisks are exposed to the environment and get to the humans henceaffecting their health. The foods consumed carry a lot of risksdepending on the environment of production. The book covers toxicresponses to lead in sensitive populations among them being thedietary factor. In the last section of the book, Paul deals with pastand present regulatory efforts to control lead releases into thehuman environment. On the process he covers various types of dietsthat carry the lead risks depending on the type of the environment.Since the environment in question is the United States, the bookbecomes a good source of reference on the types of diets habits insome states.
Morales,Cristina. Relationshipbetween dietary patterns and the body mass index in Hispanic childrenfrom ages 4–19 years of age.(January 1, 2009). M.P.H.University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston, School ofPublic Health. Texas:ProQuest,2009, Print
Thedissertation paper deals with how diets have led to massive obesityin the United States. United States being the leading in the obesitymatters, Moralesventures to cover the various dietary habits among Americans. Sheclaims that the childhood over weight crops up also in adulthood andthat there is need to check it to enhance good health. On the processshe highlights some of the diets habits adopted in the United Statesmaking the paper relevant reference for the task. The authorparticularly covers different meal patterns leading to obesity inchildren. Shealso relates thedaily proportions of energy consumed and energy derived from fatacross meals like breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. As a result,the examples on various meals show the most common meals acrossvarious states in the United States and the reason as to why they aremost available in the region.