Let’s continue with the above three food variety examples:
- Cornflakes and milk
- Cheese sandwich
You already know where cornflakes and milk come from. But you should also know that your mom or dad may have added some sugar into your bowl to make it taste sweet. In that case, sugar is another food ingredient. It comes from sugarcane, which is a plant. Like sugarcane, there are several food types, such as spinach, tomatoes, and black pepper, that originate from plants. This makes plant parts as foods an integral part of what humans consume.
Almonds, as you can guess, come from plants. Almonds grow on trees and are found inside the almond fruit in the form of a seed. Cornflakes also come from plants (corn), but they go through several processes before they reach your plate (in the form of flakes). Therefore, we can call cornflakes a food variety. On the other hand, if you had an omelette this morning, you can guess that its main ingredient (eggs) came from an animal: a hen.
Take the second example. A cheese sandwich is made up of multiple ingredients: cheese, bread, tomatoes, onions, spices, butter/oil, etc. All of these are different food ingredients, and they come from different sources. If cheese is processed from milk, which comes from an animal (a cow or a buffalo), bread is made out of wheat, which comes from the wheat plant.
A combination of all these foods allows us to have a food variety, which provides different flavours and tastes. When the above ingredients come together, you get a delicious cheese sandwich. Do note that both plant parts as food and animal products are used in a cheese sandwich. The same is true for cornflakes and milk and an omelette.