Factors that Influences Food Choices

Man cannot live a long life without eating. We eat food to satisfy the hunger we felt. It is something that man cannot live without. Food is an essential piece of human life. You eat food to support your daily life and the activities you will embark on. Many times, people eat food, not for sustenance but the taste. You are highly influenced by a variety of factors that directs your food choices in life. Anita Legsdin’s book of favorite recipes also shares stories as an accompaniment to the food recipes. Remembrance of Meals Past presents a collection of stories that center on food. She shares the memories of a certain food giving a reason as to why she prefers this food over others. You too might be curious as to why you are inclined to a particular food over others presented in front of you. We live in a world of bounty. There is food everywhere. But what influences which food you decide to buy and eat food. Here are some determining factors that affect your food choices:

Experience

Food is part of anyone’s life. When you are happy, you celebrate and there is food. When you are sad, you eat to erase the pain away. Food is basically a part of everything we do. There is no day where we don’t eat food. Some people tend to associate food with experience. This means the pleasure or memory you feel when eating a particular food. There are some instances where a person would distaste a meal due to a bad experience while you ate the food. On the other hand, some love a particular food because of the nostalgia it brings every time. These experiences will have many things to do with friends, family, and bonding with people with with whom you’re eating with. A bad experience with a certain meal can put you off the food for life. Hence, the experience will be a major factor that influences your food choices in life. 

Taste

Another major influencer of human food choice is taste. This is the most obvious and significant factor that greatly influences a person. The taste does not only entail the sensation but also encompasses the sensory aspects of humans. This entails the smell, appearance, and texture of food. Foods that are delicious and rich in every aspect tend to be more appealing for anyone. Your taste is formed due to the influences of your age, genetics, and overall food experience. There will be some instances where you will hate the food the first time you ate it, but during the second time, you learn to relish in the flavor of the food. Luckily, your taste preferences are trainable. You can train your taste to adapt to new food flavors.

Culture

Each culture has its own set of traditions. Your cultural influences will direct your habitual food consumption and food preparations. In some cases, it can lead to restrictions on particular dishes such as meat. Growing up in a particular culture greatly impacts your preferences with regards to food. You may be influenced to prefer spicy foods instead of mild ones. Or, you are inclined to eat raw fish meat rather than cooked fish dishes. Moreover, there are some instances where you move to another place and you adapt the food habits of the locales with a different culture. Your family can also cultural factor regarding your food habits. If you are used to eating a home-made dish, then this will determine your feelings toward that food. The certain ingredients, the way it is cooked, and the aroma are what makes you prefer the food more. The influence of your culture with regards to food is about familiarity instead of fondness. 

Mood and Stress

There are occasions where you crave a particular dish out of nowhere. The mood you have towards food can influence your food choices. Many studies provided evidence that a person’s mood can make changes in one’s food habits. There was a study that when people are in a good mood they choose to eat healthy and nutritious foods. Meanwhile, people who are in a bad mood has no care as to what food they ingest. 

Stress is inevitable since it is common in modern life. Stress affects almost all aspects of a person including food choice. Stressed people do not bother to consider whether their food choice is nutritious or not. They would eat anything and everything to relieve stress. Thus, mood and stress can greatly influence your food behavior possibly short and long term. 

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