Religion may impact food choices this is because different religions don’t eat some meats, or they may only eat the meat if it halal. Islam eat halal meat, so they need to check if the meat is halal, in nursery’s if the child is Islamic and the nursery doesn’t offer halal then there will be vegetarian option for them. However, some religions just don’t eat certain meats. For example, Buddhism Refrain from eating meat, vegetarian diet is desirable, Fasting required. Islam, Pork and certain birds prohibited, Alcohol is prohibited, they avoid Coffee/tea and they Fast during specific periods. Judaism , Pork and shellfish prohibited, and they cannot have Meat and dairy in the same meal. Roman Catholics only eat meat on certain days as it is restricted on other days. Also fasting is practiced within this religion. Fasting can have a big impact on your health because Most fasting practices allow certain intakes of liquid, particularly water. When fasting where water is restricted there is a high risk of dehydration.
A health condition may have an impact on food choices, this is because some people may be allergic to some things, some may be allergic to nuts, some nurseys are nut free this is because some children may have an anaphylactic reaction to these and some children may not know they have an allergy to nuts. Other health conditions such as food intolerances have an impact on food choices because when they eat a food they may start to feel unwell and have diarrhoea and have a belly ache. Health conditions such as Coeliac Disease, Asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Cancer impacts food choices. coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where the small intestine becomes inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients, this can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. Sulphites, which are used to keep food fresh and stop the growth of mould, can trigger asthma symptoms in a few people with asthma. And it can irritate the lungs., Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common disorder that affects the large intestine if they eat something that they shouldn’t it can belly pain, constipation, diarrhoea. Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body, some foods, such as processed and red meat and salt-preserved foods, can increase the risk of developing cancer, cancer patients should not take unnecessary vitamin supplements, as they act as antioxidants and can interfere with chemotherapy when taken in large doses.
Culture affects food choices because in different cultures some people may not have the nice healthy food that they should be having to keep healthy, some places can be poor and cannot afford food that is good for them. Therefore, the cultures that are wealthier can afford healthier food which means the people will be healthier. In Glaisdale, we make sure that there is always a vegetarian option for the children that aren’t allowed the meat, and we are a nut free nursery because many children have a nut allergy and even being in the same room as nuts can affect them. In my room, we have a couple of children that cannot eat certain meats, so they have the vegetarian option on this day or they will change the meat to something they can eat such as chicken. Another child isn’t allowed milk because she has a preference that she cannot have it, this is because she might have an intolerance to it, so we give them a different milk, such as almond milk or oat milk