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Cultural and Traditional Foods

Find initiatives and educational materials about food culture, traditions, and nutrition for diverse populations, including Black, Hispanic or Latino/Latina, American Indian, Alaska Native, East Asian, South Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or other cultural communities.

Learn About Cultural Foods and Nutrition

USDA Blog: Celebrate Cultural Heritage with Healthy Foods

Learn about traditional Latin American, Asian, and African foods from the USDA blog post, "Celebrate Cultural Heritage with Healthy Recipes."


Racial and Ethnic Diversification Will Likely Shape U.S. Food Demand and Diet Quality- USDA. Economic Research Service.

Live to the Beat- HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; HHS. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; CDC Foundation.

Delicious Heart Healthy Eating- HHS. National Institutes of Health.  National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Cultural Toolkits- Oregon State University Extension. FoodHero.

Alaska Traditional Kitchen- University of Alaska Anchorage.

Pacific Food Guide- University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Children's Healthy Living Program.

Native American Nutrition- University of Minnesota. Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Game: Pick Your Plate! A Global Guide to Nutrition- Smithsonian Institute. Smithsonian Science Education Center. (Also in Spanish/Español.)

Halal Shopper's Quick Reference Guide- Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America.

Abuela, Mamá, y Yo: Recipes and Videos- Familias en Acción.

Programs and Projects

Native Diabetes Wellness ProgramHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Healthy Weight for Life ProgramHHS. Indian Health Service.

Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better Program GuideHHS. National Institutes of Health. National Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases.

Think Cultural HealthHHS. Office of Minority Health.

Menominee Harvest of the Moon Program- University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension.

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative- University of Arkansas.

Health and Wellness Projects in New Mexico Native Communities: An Activity Resource Kit- University of New Mexico. Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center. Native Health Database.

More Resources

International Nutrition

Explore our collection of global nutrition resources, including food guides from different countries and international nutrition programs.

Culture and Food

Explore's consumer resources about foods, customs, and traditional recipes from a variety of cultures.

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