Food Preferences : An Integral Part Of Human Culture

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Introduction Food is an integral part of human culture, from the macro or societal level down to the micro level of individuals and families. The way humans choose, prepare, and eat food is often deeply influenced not only by personal taste but also by cultural background. When two individuals begin a romantic relationship, they often have to learn how to combine two different food cultures into one cohesive unit. Couples who have food preferences that are vastly different may have much more trouble reaching a compromise that leaves both of them happy with their diet, especially if one or both partners is unwilling to try new foods. I hypothesize that couples who share similar food preferences will experience greater relationship satisfaction. Additionally, individuals who are open minded about trying different types of food may be less likely to experience food conflict and associated decreases in relationship satisfaction, whereas those who are neophobic will likely experience more conflict. Determining the role that similarity in food preferences plays in relationship satisfaction will help us tease apart larger questions about how relationships, families, and health are affected by diet and food culture. I did not find any research studies that specifically looked at the relationship between similarity in food preferences and relationship satisfaction. However, several studies do address issues relevant to my proposed study. “Who We Are and How We Eat: A Qualitative
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