Families and Groceries

Hey y’all! (said in my best Paula Deen voice)

As I was getting caught up on Facebook this morning, I came across a link posted by one of my best friends from high school. This photo slideshow shows families from countries around the world posing with one weeks worth of their groceries. I cannot begin to tell you how interesting and telling these photos are. America is one of the richest countries in the world, and after seeing the image of the American family and their groceries it is easy to see how money and convenience are making more and more people obese. I’m not trying to piss anyone off by saying that, and Lord knows I used to eat that way, particularly when I was still single and working night shift. The family from Chad had so little food to feed six people! The Germans by far drank the most alcohol, and the Mexicans outdid every family by far on soda consumption. I can’t say that my family eats exactly like any one country; nearly each country has some foods/habits that mimic the grocery shopping that I do. If I had to narrow it down significantly and honestly I would say that the Family Snort eats most like the Italian and Kuwaiti families but with a little less bread and no soda. We eat alot of fruits and veggies, and the staples we always have on hand include milk, healthy-ish cereal, eggs, bacon, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread (the kind that actually has a shit ton of fiber!), extra-virgin olive oil, chicken breasts, some kind of white fish (tilapia, catfish, cod, swai), 93/7 ground beef, pork tenderloin, cheese, no-sugar added peanut butter, and yogurt (Greek for me and J, organic kids yogurt for Footlong and 6-inch). We don’t buy soda anymore, and we hardly ever buy juice.

Here is the link to the photos, but I will also post them below. I would also LOVE to hear how your family eats and which country/countries demonstrate your eating style.

Link:   http://imgur.com/a/mN8Zs

 

 

MEXICO

 

mexico

 

 

 

BRITAIN

 

 

britain

 

 

 

USA

 

 

usa

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

 

australia

 

 

 

GERMANY

 

 

germany

 

 

 

ITALY

 

 

italy

 

 

 

CANADA

 

 

canada

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

france

 

 

 

JAPAN

 

 

japan

 

 

 

CHINA

 

 

china

 

 

 

POLAND

 

 

poland

 

 

 

KUWAIT

 

 

kuwait

 

 

 

MONGOLIA

 

 

mongolia

 

 

 

TURKEY

 

 

turkey

 

 

 

MALI

 

 

mali

 

 

 

INDIA

 

 

india

 

 

 

BHUTAN

 

 

bhutan

 

 

 

CHAD

 

 

chad

 

 

 

ECUADOR

 

 

eduador

 

 

 

GUATEMALA

 

 

guatemala

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Families and Groceries

  1. In addition to the alcohol (which is relatively low alcohol content drinks) the Germans drink an insane amount of juice! I also have a hard time believing the Germans drink more wine than the French and the Italians combined–maybe it’s a family from Rheinland? I love how the Polish family has all that dairy and the pet food!

  2. Wow, this is so interesting! Not sure which country we most eat like. Very inspiring though to see those that eat lots of fruits and veggies. And surprising to see how much bread, grains and meat some eat.

  3. The amt of meat in some of the pictures. Holy cow. And the soda! The beer..I could live with them. I’d be good with that. LOL

  4. That was enlightening, and sobering to see how much some families have for a week compared to my family’s cabinet. It was also interesting to see “KFC” even in the Chinese family’s picture. As far as what family our weekly shopping would look most like? That’s a hard one. We don’t eat a ton of processed foods, very little soda. Honestly, probably a cross between Poland (minus the pet food… wth?) and Italy. 🙂

  5. I read this post as part of a Food and Culture class. It is amazing how soda has become so ubiquitous. And all of the takeout food. Shows us that we need to shop more from the first aisle and less from the last three or four.

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