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Is Foreign Food Healthier?

Posted: January 21st, 2015, 8:32 am
by zacb
I know many have said that Thai food made them skinny on this forum, but what about other cultures? After noticing I need some dental work done, I started thinking over my diet, and the alternatives I could come up with. The more I thought, the more I realized how penalized we were when we try to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh meat and the like. Compare this to other areas of the world, and many times it is opposite. So for example, overall is Latin food less processed, and closer to the earth? I know fruit and veggies are cheaper, but how is Latin food in general? The more I learn about Latin America, the more I want to move.

Re: Is Foreign Food Healthier?

Posted: January 21st, 2015, 1:30 pm
by zboy1
Everytime I go overseas to a non-Western country, I lose weight. I come back to the States and I gain all the weight again. What does that tell you? LOL.

Re: Is Foreign Food Healthier?

Posted: January 21st, 2015, 4:41 pm
by Break the chains
Isn't it strange how processed food is so cheap in western countries, and "fresh" unprocessed food is expensive?

Either the farmers or the supermarkets are profiteering massively. Too many snouts in the trough perhaps.

Re: Is Foreign Food Healthier?

Posted: January 21st, 2015, 6:27 pm
by zacb
I would wager neither the farmers or super markets are the ones making the money. If I had to wager, the ones making out like a bandit would be Monsanto, and to a lesser extent multinational corporations. Companies such as Tyson tie up family farms by giving loans, whereas if farmers have not been in the business for a generation or two at least there is a huge startup expense. On that note, if any one is looking for an ag play and water play, JG Boswell is a good stock.

Re: Is Foreign Food Healthier?

Posted: January 21st, 2015, 10:12 pm
by Ghost
Generally, the food abroad is healthier, but it's not guaranteed. For example, in China at least they'll still use MSG in a lot of things.

But if you buy from markets, and prepare and cook things yourself, then yes, much healthier since you're getting away from GMO Franken-foods.

Re: Is Foreign Food Healthier?

Posted: January 22nd, 2015, 10:30 am
by metroman
I am in Singapore right now and would have to say the food is really good, you can go out to an unlimited number of foodcourts and pays between $5- $8 for meals which are loaded with rice, vegetables, noodles, chicken or fish. Very high standards in hygiene and none of the food feels heavy, being a fitness fanatic I have always been conscious of what I eat and like the fact I can go out to any number of places and get a healthy meal unlike Australia where you have to consciously be more picky as there are so many fastfood outlets.