For example, Gu Sha, many Chinese people, especially the elderly, find it very ordinary, and foreigners think it is incredible to abuse children.
I love vegetables, especially leafy vegetables, especially leafy greens. Just as Chinese people cannot understand Western countries’ love for dairy products, foreigners cannot understand Chinese people’s love for leafy vegetables. Like my family, there must be leafy greens on the table every day; my children grew up in Canada and have a more localized eating habits, such as a love of cheese, but if they don’t eat leafy greens one day by chance, they will also ask why not you.
This is the world’s per capita vegetable consumption in 2017, and China ranks first in the world with 377.17 kg per capita. I searched for a long time before I found the second place Guyana, 272 kilograms (the comment area reminded that the second place is Armenia, 336.18 kilograms), which is far from the level of vegetable consumption in China. Moreover, Chinese people do not eat grass because of poverty. There are year-to-year changes at the bottom of this graph. It can be seen that with the development of the economy, China’s per capita vegetable consumption has gradually increased. For example, in 1990, China’s per capita vegetable consumption was only 99 kg, which is more North America, which consumes few vegetables, is still low. But this picture shows vegetables, including all leafy vegetables, stems, fruits and vegetables. According to my impression, potatoes and tomatoes account for a high percentage of vegetables consumed by Westerners. For example, in North America, the annual per capita consumption of vegetables The amount is less than 120 kilograms, of which potatoes account for 60-70 kilograms (the per capita fresh potato in the United States is only 15 kilograms, and the rest are finished and semi-finished products, such as French fries and potato wedges). And abroad, the per capita consumption of potatoes in North America is not in the forefront. In many northern countries, such as Belarus, it is as high as 181 kilograms and Russia is 131 kilograms. In contrast, China only has 40 kilograms. I did not find the per capita consumption of leafy vegetables, but in Western supermarkets in Canada, there are very few leafy vegetables. The only common ones are lettuce, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, radish tassels, and cabbage. You can also see arugula in the salad, and some other spices such as rosemary and coriander. And among these leafy vegetables, only lettuce and spinach can be eaten by Chinese people. Their cabbage is different from Chinese cabbage. The leaves are thick and tough, and the texture is the same as the common domestic purple cabbage except for the color. . Not to mention the kale, because I bought it once because of curiosity. The main veins of the leaves are all crude fiber like bagasse, and the leaves themselves are as old as paper. In China, there are dozens of different varieties of cabbage alone, not to mention the cruciferous family. Chinese people eat this family to produce flowers; there are other sweet potato leaves, pumpkin tips, pea tips, and wolfberry leaves. And so on, in addition to many local specialties, such as reed wormwood, chrysanthemum chrysanthemum, grass head, malan head, purslane, etc. I think a large part of the so-called “cultural shock” experienced by Chinese people after going abroad is dietary inadaptability. For example, many common vegetables in China, especially leafy vegetables, are very rare in western supermarkets abroad. Therefore, if there is no Chinese supermarket, I guess I have already returned to China. It is estimated that it is also influenced by the Chinese, and the Koreans and North Koreans have the same love for leafy vegetables and wild vegetables. There are many wild vegetables here in Toronto every spring and autumn. Many Chinese and Koreans have a hobby of picking wild vegetables. It is said that the Chinese are okay, and wherever the Koreans go, there is nothing left of wild herbs, and there is basically no need to look for places that have been swept by the Koreans. There is a kind of wild garlic in Canada. It used to be a weed that was widely distributed in the eastern and western provinces of Canada. Because of its good taste, it has been eaten by the Chinese and Koreans and needs protection. The Ontario government stipulates that each person can only harvest 50 plants per year. . Westerners do not understand why East Asians love to eat leafy vegetables and wild vegetables, but many of them know this. One of the common weeds on lawns in Ontario is clover. Because Ontario has chemical pesticides and herbicides banned, no more powerful herbicides can be used. Clover is particularly tenacious and easy to grow. Where can the vines climb? Take root there, and soon it will be a big piece. When I first bought the house, the lawn in the front yard was almost completely occupied by clover and Arabian mother-in-law (the English name of mother-in-law is veronica, which sounds pretty good), so I can only rely on artificially uprooting and pulling out weeds. Packed in a cardboard box, ready to be composted. A white neighbour’s aunt walked by with her dog and asked if I was going to eat the grass, which made me dumbfounded. But let alone, I actually missed it myself. When I first came here, I thought clover was a grass head… Canada (and the United States should be the same) actually eat food here is the rich. The price of general green leafy vegetables is 2 dollars/pound, the cheap ones such as cabbage are sometimes more than 1 dollar, and the more expensive ones such as bean sprouts (pea tips) are around 4 dollars all year round. Chicken drumsticks in Chinese supermarkets cost more than $1 per year, but only $0.8 when they are discounted. Pure pork lean meat and large ribs cost about $2, and only a little over $1 when discounted. Leafy greens lose a lot when choosing vegetables, so it is much more expensive than meat. In fact, many of the eating habits in North America are driven by prices. Many health-friendly things are more expensive, such as leafy vegetables, nuts, miscellaneous grains, etc., while the prices of refined sugar, refined carbon water, and dessert chocolate are very low. . So rich people in North America are eligible to be thin, and poor people are forced to get fat… Leafy greens contain a lot of phylloquinone, also known as vitamin K1, and vitamin K is one of the necessary blood clotting substances for the human body, and it is also the anticoagulant drug Warfarin Antagonists, so the guidelines for the use of Warfarin specifically pointed out that if patients eat green leafy vegetables while taking warfarin, they may need to increase the dosage. Interestingly, East Asians eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, but the proportion of blood hypercoagulable state is much lower than that of Westerners. The reason may be due to the high-fat, high-sugar and high-protein eating habits of Westerners. This may be regarded as proof that eating a lot of green leafy vegetables is a good eating habit for Chinese people.