Sociocultural Influences on Food Choices and Implications for Sustainable Healthy Diets.

Last updated on 4-1-2021 by Stefanie Vandevijvere

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BACKGROUND: The global policy discourse on sustainability and health has called for dietary transformations that require diverse, concerted actions from governments and institutions. In this article, we highlight the need to examine sociocultural influences on food practices as precursors to food policy decisions. DISCUSSION: Sociocultural food practices relate to ideas and materials that give rise to food choices and food patterns of a group. We begin with a discussion of how individuals experience, interpret, negotiate, and symbolize the food world around them. We examine primarily the…

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