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Common Cultural Food Preferences

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Fruits and Nuts

  • Rice

  • Avocados

  • Cashews

  • Coconuts

  • Granadilla flesh

  • Mangos

  • Pineapples

  • Soursop (guanabana) fruit

  • Star apples (Chrysophllum)

  • Cassava bread (manioc, tapioca)

  • Bananas

  • Limes

  • Grapefruit

  • Oranges

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelons

Meat Vegetables and other foods

  • Beef

  • Beets

  • Okra

  • Biscuits

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots

  • Imported cheese

  • Chicken

  • Milled corn

  • Eggplant

  • Fish

  • Goat meat

  • Kidney beans

  • Lima beans

  • Peas

  • Pork

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Pumpkin

  • Sugar Cane

Food Preferences of Childbearing Women

Foods eaten by pregnant women:
  • Cornmeal porridge with bean sauce
  • Rice and beans
  • Plantains
  • Vegetables
  • Red Fruits

 

Foods avoided by pregnant women:

  • Lima beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Black Mushrooms
  • White beans
  • Okra
  • Lobster
  • Fish
  • Eggplant
  • Black Peppers
  • Milk
  • Bananas

 

Chart adapted from Cosgray, 1999.

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