8 differences between American and German diets

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  • There are some big differences between American and German diet habits.
  • Germans consume milk at room temperature while in the US, milk is pasteurized and refrigerated. 
  •  Germans have a term for consuming a beer before noon, Frühschoppen, and some claim it helps with digestion.

If taking a trip to Germany, you might notice that meals last longer and fruits and vegetables are cheaper than in the United States. But that’s not all. 

INSIDER spoke to several German nutritionists about typical German diet habits and how they might differ from typical American diet habits. 

Fruits and vegetables tend to be cheaper in Germany.

Processed foods are cheaper in America, while fruits and vegetables are costlier. This could be one reason why obesity in America is two times higher than Germany, coming in at 30.6% of the population. Obesity rates in Germany are at 12.9%. Average body mass index (BMI) in Germany is 25.32, and USA’s average is 27.82 – 10% higher than Germany’s, according to Nation Master.

„This could also be related to American portion sizes,“ said Monika Neubacher, RD.

Germans tend to eat less frozen foods.

For a few reasons, Germans eat more fresh food than Americans. First of all, German houses have small kitchens and small freezers. Secondly, the frozen food section is quite limited in Germany as the demand is not high.

„Germans shop multiple times a week for food,“ said nutritionist Gregor Franz. „We eat more fresh food, including fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses, as well as pickled items, and altogether these items are better for your body than anything that comes frozen,“ he said.

Milk is consumed at room temperature in Germany.

Yup, you read that right. Germany processes their milk at a super high temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ultra-high pasteurized milk. „It may seem odd to Americans, but we store our milk on the shelf, next to our flour and cereals,“ said Gregor Franz, RD.

The American milk pasteurization process heats to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, making it safe for consumption, but then it also requires refrigeration.

„The other upside of ultra-high pasteurized milk is that it will stay fresh for six months, which is a huge benefit for shoppers who don’t consume a lot of milk,“ said Gregor.  

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