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The differences of diet culture between China and western countries


The differences of diet culture between China and western countries

There are few more absorbing things than talking about food, of which the images come fresh in our mind. When it comes to food, a great saying occurs to me, ”Food is the heaven to human beings.” No one can really resist the temptation. In china, when cooking, we may consider the raw materials, taste, cooking method making it a beautiful diet, which are at odds with western countries. While westerners emphasize People Oriented, Chinese attach importance to Harmony between the heaven and human. I will briefly talk about some differences of diet culture between china and western countries as follows. Two different diet concepts Western people hold the rational diet idea. They usually pay much attention to calories, vitamins, proteins and so on. In their opinion, one should choose food only according to what they really need as an independent individual and the nutrients to balance the health diet. When westerners are aimed at the nutrition of food, what Chinese care about is its color, smell, taste, shape, which should match well and give a beautiful vision. In China, eating is not meaning to have enough but to appreciate the art of cooking. In the west, they only want to eat for balance all in the same key far from art. Chinese choose food carefully, as a result of which, they go to the food market for fresh food every day. But the majority of westerners go to the supermarket for purchasing the food only once a week storing the food in the refrigerator and prefer to eat cold food not fresh. Two different diet objectives Westerners consider the food is to satisfy their hunger, so they eat large size of meat, the whole piece of chicken and some “hard food”. Chinese think the food to be a enjoyment, we have a special taste of food and are particular about the flavors. Numerous kinds of food that westerners think useless, are splendid raw materials in china. The cooks in china can turn some food that western cookers cannot do into delicious meal. Chinese have lots of techniques and ideas for cooking. For example, we can cook a chicken in over ten ways and people can taste all of them with relish. Western people do not have some skills for cooking, mostly they only boil, steam and bake the food. For another thing, Chinese and westerners have different habits in the diet. In terms of diet, Chinese eat more vegetables every day than westerners. Chinese like coarse grains, while westerners prefer refined grains. In fact, the whole grains contain more nutrients than refined grains. Western people also prefer fast food, such as burgers and chips, which are unhealthy to the body. By the way, they are good at making desert and chocolate, tasting delicious and leading one to endless after the taste. But these food contribute to the obesity, what’s more they can cause some diseases. As a result, from the body type, westerners are much stronger than Chinese Two different types of etiquette As far as I’m concerned, there is a huge difference in diet between Chinese and western people.

Chinese and some Asian countries use chopsticks, soup spoons and bowls as containers of rice while westerners use the forks and knives. In china, in any banquet, no matter for what purpose, people sit around a round table ,eating and drinking, entertaining and talking. Delicious dishes are placed in the center of the table and people toast to each other with great joy, which presents a peace atmosphere and accords with the common idea great union of Chinese. In the west, people have their dinner in a completely different way. They consider individualism as the foremost thing. In their dinner, they have their own set of tableware, and their own share of dish. Maybe it shows an indifferent image, but it’s very clean and healthy. The more obvious differences between Chinese and western dietary patterns is buffet dinner which is popular in the West. This method is to display all food, and everybody is picking not fixed in his or her places to eat. They walk freely. This approach would provide the emotional interaction between individuals; they never need to put every word on the table. This also shows a western personality and self-respect. However, all the eating without jamming lacks the real affective tone like the Chinese people. Some people want to put the buffet in the Chinese food, but I think it is not feasible. Chinese people are drinking around the table to show harmony and unity, but the buffet has broken such pattern. It raises the personal independence and self-mentioned at the first place. This is the opposite of the scale of the great unity of all Chinese traditional culture. Conclusion By the text above, we can easily find that the huge differences in diet exist between china and western countries. With the high pace of communication between china and the west, China has imported lots kind of food to people’s daily life, such as KFC, MacDonald, DICOS and so on. Analogously, the west has also taken in some elements of Chinese food. As we all know, Chinatown where is full of gourment food is famous in the west, which combines with the west food well. Every place has its own customs. As a famous saying goes,”Do in Rome as the Romans do.” Once we go to the west, what we ought to do is to get accustomed to their customs. Under no circumstance should we defile their culture and make complaints about it. By contrast, we need to absorb excellent culture form the west to create the new culture making china world known.


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