What the World Eats

Catspaw pointed me to this photo-essay from Time magazine. It has photos from sixteen families around the world, and the food they eat in a week. It’s very interesting. I couldn’t help but notice the Casales family of Cuernavaca, Mexico:

Casales family

24 liters of Coca Cola. Yup, that’s Mexico alright.

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I'm currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SEGAL and CHISEL labs in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Victoria.
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7 Responses to What the World Eats

  1. Neil says:

    Lots of nice fruits and veggies though too. What’s with Mexico and Coke? I hadn’t heard this stereotype before.

    Happy Cinco de Mayo btw🙂

  2. Jorge says:

    Yup, fruits and veggies are much cheaper and more accessible in Mexico than over here, which makes it easier to have a balanced diet… but then there’s the Coke. You can almost see it as Mexico’s tap water: in little villages there may not be access to drinking water, but you can count on a Coke truck making the rounds. Some people I know even drink it for breakfast.

    Mexico’s previous president, Vicente Fox, was once Coca Cola’s Latin America director.

  3. mcyclops says:

    The heat of most Mexican States drives families to drink lot of soda, call it Coke, Pepsi, or one of the many brands. We used to make our own fresh fruit beverage, but the convenience of the carbonate elixir , paired with the suspicious hygiene of fresh fruit drinks sold on the street, killed that tradition. I saw the same essay at Photo Magazine in 2005, funny. The same photographer made, few years ago, a similar essay on what people own, so the families took everything inside their houses (or shacks) and took pictures.

  4. mcyclops says:

    I forgot to add, Time magazine didn’t show it but the photographer separate American families between Black and white. And he was not consistent choosing the economic background from the families, as you can see in the Mexican and Ecuadorean families, the Mexico’s is at least upper middle class, while Ecuador’s are peasants.

  5. Jorge says:

    While heat has to do with it, I think the main reasons of Mexico’s addiction to Coke are its availability and its superior hygiene when compared to tap water or street juices.

    And it’s true, the essay is not representative of the same economic class across countries.

  6. Jorge Martinez says:

    Tocayo,
    Definitely shocking to see the amount of cola the mexican family had.

    However, they availability of fruits and vegetables is something I never thought of… until coming to a country where you pay through the nose for them. It also draw my attention the amount of food for that family in Chad. Really sad!

    By they way, did you notice the bottles of sparkling water and beer the german family had? Not far away from reality!

  7. Jorge says:

    The Chad family was definitely sad, even more so when compared to the industrialized world.

    “Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23” –for a family of *six*.

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