Mexican-American Dietary Practices


Different communities have varied dietary practices ranging from thefoods to the number of times they eat per day. The Mexican-Americancommunity is of the communities that ah not been infiltrated with theAmerican eating habits and most of them still observe the traditionfood practices (Zimmermann, 2015). It the community it is the duty ofthe woman to source and prepare food for the family.

The Mexican-American food reflects a collection from the variousgeographical places in Mexico. It is a tradition that they haveinherited for eating indigenously produced food. Their diet is richin grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat and other sourcesof proteins. Mostly, meals served consist of carbohydrates from cornproducts, tortillas, beans, rice, meat and eggs. The common fruitsin their diet include apples, squash, avocado, papaya and mangoes(Ohio State University, 2010).

A typical takes food three times a day. The breakfast, commonlyreferred as Desayuno consist of eggs, a spicy pork sausage,tortillas, sweet rolls and strong coffee with a lot of milk(Zimmermann, 2015). Te meal can be from early morning to the latemorning hours especially when people prepare to go to their variousoccupations. Lunch, commonly known as Comida is taken between 1-3 pm.It primarily consists of meat, rice, soup, tortillas, coffee anddessert. Cena or supper is the light meal taken after 9 pm (OhioState University, 2010).

In conclusion, an observable feature of most of the Mexican-Americadishes is that they are spicy. They have more than 90 types ofchilies that they apply in food. Also, the cooking method is deepfrying that makes most of the food fatty. For this reason, asignificant number of people is obese just like their NativeAmericans who eat junk food.


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