If you’re a fussy eater, you probably order the same thing every time you visit your favorite restaurant. Are you skeptical of trying something new because you assume you won’t like it? Perhaps you should ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” In this situation, the pros heavily outweigh the cons. Here are just a few benefits of sampling a variety of new foods!
As you develop your foodie repertoire, you vary your body’s nutritional intake. Whether a new food is a vegetable, fruit, or grain, you’re absorbing different nutrients and natural phytochemicals that can improve your health and immune system, along with adding different vitamins and minerals you wouldn’t normally obtain from your standard diet.
Positive Role Modeling
By sampling a variety of new foods, you’re setting a good example for your children. As they observe you trying something new, they may be more open to doing the same. What’s more, exploring new foods as a family can provide a great bonding opportunity.
Dining on cultural specialties either domestically or abroad not only connects you to that culture, it also helps ensure you’re eating fresh, local food. In Asia, sampling the kopi luwak coffee is a big deal, since it’s made from the world’s most expensive beans and has been a local delicacy since Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch. How can you visit New Orleans and not try the jambalaya, gumbo, or étouffée? While visiting France, you’ll naturally order a tart, croissant, or fresh baguette, but don’t forget that steak tartare is a classic Parisian dish. You’ll want to indulge in chunks of feta and creamy tzatziki in Greece. And it may seem like a stretch, but try the octopus in Santorini – I hear it’s delicious.
With different textures, tastes, and colors, exploring new foods is like an edible discovery expedition. You may enjoy a radish’s crunchy, spicy texture, or a cloud egg’s light, fluffy taste. Greek yogurt is creamy and nutty, while Chinese hot pot is vibrant and warm. Whatever you choose, life is always more exciting when you add flavor!
Food is fun, delicious, and a crucial part of our social lives. Mixing things up and trying new foods can be a wonderful experience for both you and your family. And if something doesn’t tantalize your taste buds – simply move on to a new dish!
Katherine Truong is an editorial intern