Why is Asian people depends on rice wherein americans do not?

Philippines
September 13, 2008 7:27pm CST
I have the question that lurking in my mind, I live in Philippines and I notice that we cannot survive if we does not eat rice. I tried to eat bread but my body cannot survive or does not enough satisfaction and gone feel tired. Wheat is the main component and rice is a raw material, noodles may also nourishing but it serve with rice.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I think that a lot of the difference between Asian and North American diets is just what foods will grow where. A lot of the land in Asia is very good for growing a rice crop. Here in the United States, a lot of our land is more ideal for growing corn- so instead of rice, corn is the main part of most of our diets. It is in breads, cereals, and all other kinds of baked goods. Corn syrup is used to sweeten just about everything here. I think that also, depending on where we live, our bodies adapt to different diets. You feel better when you eat rice because your body is used to eating rice- however if I ate mostly rice, I might not feel so great, but bread works well for me.
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• Philippines
14 Sep 08
i am also a filipino and i think that its just because we are so used to eating rice that its become the food that our body recognizes and needs. i also tried the bread thing, after months or a year, it doest work out eventually. i f you really want to change your eating diet with bread, be patient with it. the body needs time to adjust to the new diet.
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
Sometimes I adjust my body if I don't eat rice but the body has temptation to eat what he has adopted.
• United States
14 Sep 08
Well, it probably partly because rice is more widely grown in asian countries, where the climate in the US is not good for rice production. Since rice is easily grown there it is cheaper and easily bought, so became a staple food. In the US, corn is grown very widely, and used to make many food products, but we don't generally cook whole corn and eat it regularly as asians do rice. I think another part of it is that the US has so many influences from around the world becasue of immigration. So, people in different families from differnt background may have differnt "staple" foods. For instance, my mother is from Ireland, where potatos are a staple food, even though there were plenty of other choices in the american supermarkets, we still ate potatos 4 or 5 times a week when I was growing up because that is what she was used to having with dinner and it didn't feel like a proper dinner if they were missing. So, since I'm not used to eating rice often, I am less likely to buy it and make it, even though it is available and I like it. It's just not ingrained in me to eat it often.
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
Wow I love corn but here it is a bit expensive than rice.
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Well, in the United States here, we are used to eating whatever stuff we come up with, we don't really have a lot of staple foods. We eat a lot of french fries, though. But we do eat rice at times, though we eat it less often than other countries. We like flavorful foods which are quick to prepare.
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
I think it depends on a culture of what we eat or not?
• Malaysia
17 Jul 09
I'm addicted to rice as well. Cant leave without it even for a day. My body will feel like fatigue and maybe we're all raise to eat rice, not other meal. Besides, since our ancestor's generation we eat rice. Even tho we're in different country and we're far away apart, let say from Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, even the Philippines, the fact is we all eat rice. Haha..
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
asians are really into rice. we just cant avoid rice in our meal. western people dont really eat rice. they eat pasta bread and meat. corn is also one their main meal. maybe thats the way our ancestors brought us.
@BriNbai (912)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I am in the U.S too and I cant eat without having rice..lol But I am filipino so I don't think it counts.I think it just has to do with what you are used to.If all your life you have been eating rice then its pretty hard to just all of a sudden stop..and its not just rice but with anything else.
• India
14 Sep 08
Hi, rice is our staple food, so is wheat and we are habituated right from our childhood to eat rice or wheat, hence, we cannot live without eating rice, even a day without eating rice makes us feel that we didnot eat satisfactorily, For americans their staple food is different, it might be bread, butter or corn which they cannot leave. Like us, they cannot feel satisfied when they don't eat bread as far as I know, I don't know exactly as to what their staple food is. And not only that it depends on people not only about the nation, it entirely depends upon a person like regarding food he chooses to eat, each person has different interests and they behave according to that. There is no hard and fast rule that everyone has to consume rice only, there are many other food items which contain lots of protein and fiber like rice.