Lesson 10: Global Perspectives on Nutrition Skills

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The objective of this lesson is to empower adult learners with the ability to understand and apply nutrition skills within various cultural and global contexts. By examining and comparing dietary practices, nutritional guidelines, and food sustainability issues around the world, learners will gain the skills necessary to make informed nutritional decisions that are culturally sensitive and globally aware.

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Nutrition skills encompass a wide array of competencies ranging from understanding dietary needs and food composition to recognizing the sociocultural factors influencing food choices. A global perspective requires an appreciation for diverse dietary patterns, nutritional deficiencies prevalent in certain regions, and the impact of globalization on local food systems.

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Cultural Dietary Patterns: Every culture has its own dietary patterns. For example, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and olive oil, while traditional Japanese cuisine includes a high intake of seafood and fermented foods. To adopt a global nutrition perspective, one must learn to identify these patterns and understand their health implications.

Exercise: Research and create a chart comparing the staple foods, meal patterns, and common cooking methods of at least three different cultures. Here is an example for three countries:

Country Staple Foods Meal Patterns Cooking Methods India Rice, wheat, legumes Three main meals with snacks, emphasis on lunch Boiling, frying, grilling Mexico Corn, beans, chili ...

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