In celebration of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics theme is Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day! Have you ever wonder how some cultures use their food? In the book Multicultural Manner “New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society” by Norine Dresser, explores the cultural do’s and don’ts of social interaction, food and body language of people from different cultures. Here is some of the interesting food information that the author discussed in the book.
Honey has long had a good reputation as a curative. Many people from Central America and the Caribbean mix it with lemon as a tea for soothing upper respiratory problems. Some Russian immigrants add it to warm milk, butter, and baking soda for sore throats.
There are a wide range of cultures use other foods as curatives. Russian immigrants have been known to parboil cabbage leaves and place then on foreheads to draw out fevers. Some Central Americans chew on cloves with lemon to ease toothaches. Puerto Ricans often put tomato sauce on burns.
Jewish mothers and grandmothers have long been associated with chicken soup and this soup works better than any other hot liquids for relieving nasal congestion by increasing nasal mucus velocity.
The author encourages the healthcare professionals to discuss with patients about the home treatments they have been using. It is important to have a discussion so you and the patient will understand each other and to understand that some folk remedies may or may not be harmful to their prescribed treatment.
Next week we will discuss about Food Taboos and learn more about what other culture’s “Eat Right, Their Way, Every Day!”