by Ewa Nowogorski
Fruits make a great snack. No one can deny that. They are so sweet and delicious, and they’re healthy too, which of course is a great bonus. Both America and Japan seem to have similar notions of eating fruit for a snack.
There seem to be disagreements between the 2 cultures about whether to eat fruit as a dessert or a snack though. In America, eating fruit is a common appetizer or even breakfast food. Some people like to start off their day with an apple or a banana or a fresh smoothie made with many different fruits. This makes sense because fruits are easy to digest and very easy on the stomach, so it’s great to break your fast after a night of not eating.
In Japan, fruit is often eaten as a dessert because it’s sweet and light, which is nice after eating heavier foods such as rice and pasta. It also is much healthier and many people are full after eating other main dishes, so fruits won’t make you over-satiated. This makes sense too.
But in America, fruits are not a dessert by themselves. They may be added to a dessert such as a pie, but Americans have a hard time viewing fruit alone as a dessert. A dessert in their dictionaries is something that has added sugar and fat. Likewise, in Japan, people have a hard time viewing fruit as something that is eaten before a main meal or something that can compose the entire meal. Fruit should strictly be a dessert or a yummy snack, and nothing more.
Regardless of these cultural norms, I think eating fruit for any meal during any time of day is just fine. Fruit is good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And it’s healthy too!