Thursday, July 13, 2023

Discussion 1: Food

 Food preference begins while a mother is pregnant or even during nursing. Both innate preferences and learned preferences are present in humans for certain foods, such as infants preferring sweet over bitter foods. There is an increased liking for repeatedly eaten foods, which makes people gravitate towards only eating the same foods and not trying other foods. It is just like how the food you eat when you are hungrier is going to be preferred more than the food eaten when you are less hungry. At some point, everyone has had a bad experience with food that has left them sick or feeling unpleasant, making it difficult to eat that food again, called taste aversion. I have been fortunate enough to have been exposed to various foods from different cultures and regions which has led me to have a wide range of likings and preferences. Over the years, I have learned more about portion control and how that benefits your health and lifestyle. Sometimes it is hard to "get along" with food due to past experiences, current experiences, or not having proper knowledge, such as myself. It took me a long time to understand that you can eat things that are deemed "unhealthy" and not be badly affected by them. Balance is so important when it comes to eating and there is a lot of misconceptions that come with that.

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