4 reasons why trying new foods can be good for you.
It’s important always to try new things (at least so I’ve heard). There are many possible benefits to trying out something new, the main one being that you might just actually like whatever that ‘something new’ may be. And really, if you think about all the things you currently enjoy, these were all once things you had to try for the very first time.
So when it comes to trying something new, why is it that some people may be more willing to jump out a plane for the first time than trying out a new dish at a dinner party?
While trying a strange food can be daunting for some, it can be just as beneficial as joining a new sport or traveling to a destination you’ve never been before.
Here are four reasons why trying new foods can actually be right for you:
Cultural sensitivity & awakening
If you’re considering travel, then it’s likely you won’t be able to avoid eating new and different foods. Even if cuisines in the country are similar, their recipes and store-bought products may be slightly different and not taste like what you’re used to backing home.
Fortunately, many of those who love traveling know that trying out new cuisines is part of the deal when visiting somewhere foreign. It may also be a significant reason why someone may choose to go to a particular destination – to eat their food!
It’s also important to note that it can even be considered culturally offensive in some countries do not accept food given to you. For example, in countries like India that practice Hinduism, food is regarded as a gift from God and a result they may practice rigorous rituals regarding the preparation, eating and disposing of food. It may be considered as an insult to reject food that has been specially prepared and gifted to you, and even more so to throw it out after it has been offered to you.
Brings people together ( food = friendship)
Trying new foods can often help strengthen current relationships as well as help create new ones. Transform the family’s weeknight dinner by experimenting with new recipes and make it a bonding experience by getting the kids involved too. If your kids are learning about new cultures at school, it may even be beneficial to complement their studies by introducing them to foods from these countries. If they’re learning about Japan, take them out to Sushi, or if they’re learning about Italy, you could get together at home and make pasta from scratch.
Hobbies such as cycling help to bring like-minded people with similar interests together – and this includes hobbies such as eating too! Eating is also often a highly social activity, think holidays, special occasions and instances where you may decide to eat out. Many food-related groups currently exist, which helps others meet people with appetites for the same foods. An event held at a Sydney’s Mc Donald’s for mutual lovers of Chicken McNuggets is an excellent example how eating food can create lasting connections (although maybe not always healthy ones as per this instance).
Expand your dining options & nutritional values
Opening yourself up to trying out new foods gives you a much more extended menu to choose from, and more food options is never a bad thing. It can be tedious eating the same things, over and over, so trying new foods will help keep your daily meals from becoming mundane. A creative approach to eating will add interest to your diet, and you will almost certainly never run out of choices.
Apart from giving you more to choose from, it also provides you with a broader source of foods to obtain your nutritional needs from. Perhaps if you are someone who suffers from a nutritional deficiency, trying out new food may be a right way for you to get a better intake of your necessary nutrient. However, it is always important to seek professional medical advice first before changing your diet or trying to address nutritional deficiencies.
Fosters an open-mind and willingness to try
As the saying goes, “you don’t know unless you try.” This is probably one of the main reasons for trying something new as stated earlier because you can’t know if you’re going to enjoy something or not without trying it first. And hey, at the end of the day, if you’ve tried something new and didn’t enjoy it (whether that may be food or not), at the very least you worked. Who knows, maybe the next time you will. Practicing open-mindedness towards activities such as eating will increase your chances of finding things you do like to eat.
Understandably, if you are someone with specific dietary needs, you may at times find it difficult to try new foods altogether. Depending on your particular requirements, you may experience varying levels of difficulty in circumstances such as your day to day eating habits or traveling to other countries. However, if you have a good understanding and awareness of what your needs are, you can still reasonably experiment with the foods you can eat.
by Alex Johnson