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Old 02-23-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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Ethnic Diets?

The Hay diet encourages you to separate protein from carbohydrate,

while the Chinese "Ying & Yang" diet encourages balanced eating.

Can you describe any special diets which are followed in your country?

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Old 02-23-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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I wouldn't say special. My parents emigrated from the Near East. I grew up eating a diet that included proteins, vegetables, starches, fruits and grains.
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My great grand parents were from France, came here and chose to live in the hills. Everything they had to eat the raised or grew...Meat,fruit,veggies and made their own bread by trading with neighbors at Sunday meetings once a month.They worked hard so there was no such thing as "diets" just normal foods to feed the body and soul.
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Canada = lots of back bacon and maple syrup.
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Canada = lots of back bacon and maple syrup.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:56 PM   #6
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You never had maple flavored bacon? Or syrup on bacon? Its delish.
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Had it, don't care for it. But you're not talking about "REAL" bacon but that Canadian stuff.
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According to a book I am reading, the Chinese always had a line of thinking that involved "balance": The majority of your meal is to be a starch and the starch is then flavored with a small amount of vegetables and meat.

I think most ethnic diets are based on what resources were/are available to that culture, since the current abundance and variety that most of the First World has is a recent phenomenon. I think you will find that many ethnicities actually have more of a variety of nutrients in their food than it may appear at first.
In particular, it is common to associate protein with meat, calcium with milk, and omega-3's with fish: Most foods are a complex mixture of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Whole grains, for example, provide proteins as well as carbohydrates. Leaves such as kale, spinach, and chard are valuable sources of calcium, and omega-3's can be found in walnuts, purslane, and flaxseed.
I don't know where you're located, but I think many Americans eating at restaurants get a rather incomplete view of what people from other places eat, because we end up with only a subset of the dishes that a culture eats and most dishes are modified for the local palette and availability of affordable ingredients.
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You never had maple flavored bacon? Or syrup on bacon? Its delish.

And don't forget the gravy on fries.
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And don't forget the gravy on fries.
Are referring to poutine? MMMMMMMM!! Not just gravy, but ambrosial melted cheese curds and LOTS of gravy. I can feel my arteries hardening just thinking about it!
(Andy, I don't actually like maple syrup on bacon, I was just being goofy. I DO however prefer back bacon to the regular stuff)
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