Food Classifications and the Diets of Young Children in Rural Egypt

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Cultural Anthropology 310/ 2, 4, 2013/ 7:30 AM

Food classifications and the Diets of Young Children in Rural Egypt

Soheir Stolba

THEME: Studying the tree villages we see that mother is rural Egypt feed their toddlers “light foods” and withhold “heavy foods.” They believe that heavy foods such as protein and fiber will cause the toddlers stomach to rot because of this belief there is a high mortality and mobility rates in the rural Egypt.

Introduction:

A. The study of food classifications has served us as a helping hand in understanding how people view foods and how they consume them. B. Rural Egypt has a different view on food classifications and nutrition values. Mothers would withhold some necessary foods for child’s growth believing that it is not good for the child. C. One of the main points that was made in this study shows that personal classifications of foods may or may not show the macro food values. They are based on ones taste and preference although they tend to be shared among certain communities. D. Mothers would not give toddlers heavy foods such as proteins, lipids, and fried foods believing that it will cause toddlers stomach to rot and the baby would die. This might be the reason in malnutrition among toddlers. E. Toddlers are not viewed as a fast growing organism therefore when given wrong foods 125 out of 1000 toddlers between 9-14 month die from gastrointestestinitis.

How do Egyptians Classify foods?

A. “Light” foods are easy on ones stomach and good for one’s health even though they don’t taste as good, but “heavy” foods are a lot more delicious even thought they are bad for ones stomach. B. Egyptians believe that all foods are sacred and if eaten at the right period of time are good and that each age group has their own types of food to eat. C. Everyone has their own opinion on whether foods are “heavy” or “light” and often mashing transforms food from “heavy” category into...
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