A Worldwide Day’s Worth of Food

6 Jan

by Green Gourmet K

Photo by Peter Menzel, from Time website.

Recently I ran across something that really caught my attention, and without using any words, made me think about the diet of the average U.S. citizen, my own diet, and compare them to the way the rest of the world eats.  Time posted a photo gallery of portraits by Peter Menzel from his book with writer Faith D’Alusio, What I Eat.  The images are fascinating, people from different countries, all walks of life and what they consume in one day.  The images are accompanied by the person’s name, occupation, age, height, weight and exactly what they consumed in one day.  The book covers 80 people in 30 countries.

You can view the Time Photos here.   Or go straight to the book website here. The authors also published a book in 2007 called Hungry Planet: What the World Eats which features whole families from around the world and what they eat.

One thing I took away from these images is how much processed, packaged food Americans consume.  It really stands out when you present it all at once and then compare it to people of other nations who eat more fresh foods.  It made me rethink something as simple as a granola bar, which after all, is just one more packaged food.

Photo by Peter Menzel, from Time website.

Some of the diets inspired me.  The Baker from Iran, his diet was very calorie heavy but it was all fresh and homemade foods.  In the morning for breakfast he ate hardboiled eggs with fresh herb mix and radishes.

Photo by Peter Menzel, from Time website.

I hope you all find this photo-essay as interesting and thought provoking as I did.

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2 Responses to “A Worldwide Day’s Worth of Food”

  1. Matt January 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM #

    Just looking at what’s on the counter of the Persian baker, I was surprised that it constituted nearly 5,000 calories. What do you think accounts for that? Maybe the lamb? Or maybe the flat bread has more calories than one would think?

    • thegreengourmets January 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM #

      I noticed that too, I was thinking maybe it was the quantity of food? It is kind of a lot, but it sure does look good.

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