The juxtaposition of comiendo bien and nutrition: The state of healthy eating for Latina immigrants in San Francisco

Airín D. Martínez

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Abstract

There warrants a discussion regarding how nutrition discourses transform lay health practices. Here, I discuss how the adaptation of nutrition discourses among Latina immigrants in San Francisco produces a negotiation between a discourse of nourishment and a discourse of satisfaction in their practice of comiendo bien (eating well). The discourse of satisfaction refers to eating as a way to fulfill symbolic, material or embodied desires, while a discourse of nourishment focuses on supplying the body with nutrients. Negotiating between these discourses transforms comiendo bien if: (1) Latino immigrant families have the resources to adhere to nutritional recommendations; and (2) the adherence to the nutritional recommendation transgresses a negative emotional or physical experience. Appropriating nutrition discourses produces food restrictions that disengage the body from culture and relegate eating to an alienated task. Although a nutritional approach to comiendo bien produces conflict between satisfaction and nourishment, “healthy eating” remains a juxtaposition between satisfaction and nourishment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
JournalFood, Culture and Society
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Globalization
  • Latino immigrants
  • Lay knowledge
  • Negotiation
  • Nutrition
  • Situational analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies

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