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What affects a person's food choices?

Updated on January 9, 2016

People love food. This isn't a very surprising fact. We need food in order to survive; but we also indulge in the gastronomic experience of eating good food. Who doesn't like spending time analyzing the intricacies of the things we shove down our throats? However, this brings up an important question: what exactly is good food? The answer is that it all depends on people's individual choices.

A lot of choices.
A lot of choices. | Source

Personal preferences

First of all, every person has a unique set of preferences. This is the sum total of the personal characteristics of an individual. The entirety of the individual qualities of a person say a lot about what kind of food they might like. Tastes vary among people and across cultures. Like every other trait or characteristic, being brought up in a certain environment can have profound impacts on our individual liking. Belonging to a specific culture can have an impact on a person's tastes. An example of this is how Koreans are said to be fond of spicy food, and it is evidenced by the different types of Korean spicy noodles in the market.

There are as many choices of food as there are stars in the sky.
There are as many choices of food as there are stars in the sky. | Source

Personal experience

Personal experience can also play a role in defining an individual's choices. Someone who has eaten really spicy food recently and has had to drink lots of water in order to recover may think twice when he is offered spicy food again. There are also cases where people are led to believe that certain types of food have special effects. For example, a student who has eaten a chocolate bar from a particular brand before an exam and aced the exam may associate the exam results with the food. The result would be he or she would eat it again for the next exam.

Budget is a very big determinant of choosing what to eat.
Budget is a very big determinant of choosing what to eat. | Source


Of course, of grave importance to your choice is your budget. A fancy fine dining restaurant may sound inviting but you have to keep in mind that you have limitations in terms of budget. However, going on a food trip in an expensive restaurant may be fun for once in a while, so it's better to anticipate possible situations and save money for them.

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Other people's opinions and recommendations are also important. If someone who you see as reliable recommends the food from a restaurant that is newly opened, you might give it more consideration that if no one recommended it at all.

An individual's choice of food may be affected by taste, experiences, other people's opinions, and budget. These factors go hand in hand and jumble up every time a person chooses whether to eat at the fast food restaurant or at the fancy fine dining one.

Question time!

What affects you most when buying food?

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    • Jonas Rodrigo profile image

      Jonas Rodrigo 2 years ago

      I think budget is the biggest constraint to anything, peachy.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      buy grocery food is a chore for me. Always had to go according to budget