Culture File 24:
Airlines say that chicken is the most popular international food, because few people have taboos about it. People who have taboos won’t eat certain foods. It is usually polite not to eat these things in front of them, even if you do not share their taboos.
Muslims and Jews don’t eat pork, pork products or some kinds of seafood. Hindus don’t eat beef or beef products.
Some people only eat ‘cruelty-free’ foods out of concern for animal welfare. They won’t eat veal or factory-farmed chicken. Most Americans will not eat meat from whales or dolphins.
Some people will avoid some food for health reasons. People on a low-cholesterol diet avoid red meat.
Vegetarians don’t eat meat. Most vegetarians don’t eat fish, either.