5 Ways Food Benefits Our Relationships

5 Ways Food Benefits Our Relationships

If you are committed to strengthen your relationship with loved ones, check your eating habits. Research has established that sharing food has a profound effect on building relationships. Food has a wealth of benefits such as quelling conflicts, making friends, and finding love.

One of the most desirable eating habits is derived from the Mediterranean lifestyle. Italy, Greece, Spain, and Portugal are reputed for effective cultural feasts. They have the lowest rates of obesity among developed nations. They develop happier lives just from a unified feeding culture. Catching up over coffee or sharing dinner contributes towards psychological nourishment. 

Here are five benefits of food to our relationships

  1. Staying Connected

After the day is over, it is imperative that you settle down to talk about it with family members. There is no better activity to connect the members of a family in the evening than a sit-down dinner. It gives the family a chance to chat and catch up to know the condition of each person. It is easy to expose what is going on in each person’s life. If one has a problem, it is easy to notice and help them solve it.

Studies have found that people who frequently eat together with family are healthier than those who don’t. Another recent study conducted in the U.K revealed a link between obese children and rare participation in family meals. While you still can, encourage members of your family and as many close friends as possible to participate in meals as frequently as possible. 

  1. Sharing Culture

When families participate in big meals with a variety of foods, they are exposed to new delicacies. It is a way of introducing the members of the family to different cultures. When you are having friends over for a celebration, encourage them to come with their traditional delicacies. Hosting a party is a great opportunity to learn foods that matter to your friends. It could be a favorite childhood dessert that means something to them or pizza from Italian neighbors. Introduce and mix cultures through food whenever you have big celebration-type meals with guests.

  1. Preserving History

Food offers a chance for elders, teenagers, and children to come together. Usually, the groups of people do not spend time together because they all have different ambitions and interests in life. Be it in a party or a family gathering, food is an opportunity for the young generation to engage elders on aspects of history. Elders educate the young on how and why certain cultural practices came into existence. Every society has expectations of how people should behave or interact; meal times offer a great opportunity to pass on such values. Without close interaction between the old and young generation, culture will be lost; sense of identity will fade. Typically, when elders want to address serious issues concerning a community or family, a meal is organized. Food creates a suitable environment to talk about critical issues. Understanding history is necessary in establishing and cementing social relationships.

  1. Eating habits are passed on

Every community or family has a set behavior code on the dining table. While this can be stated theoretically, it can easily be explained while eating. Table etiquette has everything to do with relationships; am sure you have come across people with unpleasant habits on the table, which can be disgusting. This is a sensitive matter in society, which defines relationships. You can easily judge an individual by the way they handle food and decide whether to make a friend or keep away from such a person. It is often the role of parents to train kids on how to behave while on the table; how to use a fork and universal rules like not talking with food in the mouth. The best way to pass eating habits is by demonstrating; meal times offer this opportunity. You will likely form a quick rapport with people you share eating habits; relationships are built from the table.

Besides, grandparents and kids can bond while preparing food. Young people can learn traditional ways of preserving and roasting meat. Stirring ingredients in a bowl and other cooking tips are also passed on to children when a family prepares dinner together. Family and friends can share healthy living tips and proper diets while cooking together. In this case, food is the center of attention that helps in cementing relationships. The facts that you are sharing roles as you prepare food, the casual talk and fun benefits relationships.

  1. Social support

The easiest way to spend time with a friend, neighbor, or extended family is over a meal. It is a good excuse. It strengthens relationships; the fact that you meet once a month for dinner is important for any relationship. Also, you can organize a meal for the elderly or less fortunate and share moments with them. You can either carry food to wherever they are or invite them to your backyard to share a meal. It shows support and regard for human life hence a friendly and happy community. 

You can break barriers by the simple act of sharing food. All world cultures have a system of feasting together to socialize and bring unity among families and friends. Invite people for a meal and spread the love.

Jean Godin