The Social Aspect of Eating
To live and grow humans must eat daily. However, for Bahamians the consumption of food is not just a means for nourishment but an occasion. Regattas, holidays and family gatherings, like funerals and baby dedications, provide the opportunity to indulge in our eating. In fact, the “eats” after and during these occasions are anticipated and enjoyed more than the actual events. During social gatherings food is present and eaten in colossal amounts. A typical Bahamian Christmas dinner consists of baked ham, turkey with stuffing, peas ‘n’ rice, yam, sweet potato, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, coleslaw and desserts. Alcoholic beverages, sugary drinks (like switcha) and sodas are consumed in abundance as well. Switcha is a common Bahamian drink and is a mixture of water, lemon and excessive amounts of sugar. Alcoholic beverages, for example beers, are high in calories and are used as a means of relaxation and interaction with family and friends. In fact, the excess consumption of these beverages is seen largely in our male population who experience “abdominal girth” from drinking too much (Butler, 2007).
A social occasion is not complete without food this is the
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