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Going to marketplaces and grocery stores is like taking a trip around the world. The food items that we regularly see displayed on grocery shelves market stands, also commonly used in food preparation, are in fact products of different cultural backgrounds. People have considered these conventional foods to be American in origin; however, records of historical accounts provide evidences that these foods actually came from various cultural settings. The video, “Multicultural Stomach,” takes as to a journey in different places around the world as it introduces and narrates the surprising yet amusing historical origins of these foods.

Explorers and early settlers alike contribute a piece of their own culture to any place they go to by adding their native delicacies to the foreign menu. That is why in some instances you can easily tell where foods come from just by its name. For example, bologna sausage originated from Bologna, Italy and the unfamiliarly bizarre term “yoghurt” actually came from the Turkish language. In some instances, names of foods are simplified, translated or changed from their original name over time. Foods are also altered both in appearance and in its original ingredients.

To illustrate, doughnuts originated from Denmark. Initially, doughnuts do not have holes in the middle. The Americans were the ones who punched holes in it. Surprisingly enough, some foods that we consider ethnic actually came from different places of varying cultural heritage. All of these are proofs that the foods we eat in our everyday lives are multicultural, therefore the term multicultural stomach. No matter how we display our ethnicity, the food that we eat and our eating habits reflect multicultural qualities.