5 days ago
If I was an animal other than a human being I think China would be the last place I’d want to visit. The variety of foods – and animals – they eat there seems considerably more diverse than any other major country of the world. Aside from their large land area (4th largest in the world), the different regions within China have very different local cultures, customs and cuisines.
World cuisine as a whole is interesting in seeing how the world's many various cultures have adopted very different norms regarding the foods they eat. From what people have for breakfast or dinner, to what is even deemed as acceptable as food due to largely cultural or religious traditions, people are very biased with how they see food.
Food is just organic material that people and almost all other animals, consume to grow and maintain themselves. Food is simply the basic building blocks that we consume to keep ourselves alive by providing our bodies with material as well as the energy to fuel our metabolic processes and drive consciousness. Whether it comes in the form of plant or animal, lentils or carrots, pig or chicken, makes little difference at an overall level for they all provide calories which we then turn to energy.
Obviously there are extreme differences nutritionally between foods - Spaghetti and meatballs is going to be very nutritionally different from a kale salad with grilled chicken and black beans. Even if both contain the same amount of calories, they contain different compositions of the basic macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. At an even deeper level, they are comprised of vastly different compositions of micronutrients such as vitamins or other compounds that we need to thrive.
Despite how food at the heart of it is still just sustenance for the body, we still have our individual oddities and preferences arising from our psychological conditioning. This conditioning comes from our families, regions, countries, generations as well as many other smaller subgroups and random experiences. Ultimately, no conception of what food is to any individual group is either correct or incorrect - just different.