Nicaraguans and protein
This post is inspired by a comment that KWP made (in a thread that, of course, had nothing to do with this comment). I basically have a question: do you know any Nicaraguan who does not get enough protein?
So, I like to interact with Yari for a couple of minutes when she arrives, ask about the school day, get a bit of protein and juice into her. I know her diet at Eddy's is mostly rice and beans
I was impressed with the nutritional value of the typical Nicaraguan diet on my first visit. Yes, way too much salt and a lot of refined oil but I never saw a lack of protein. Gallo pinto is the base, upon which other things are added based on the budget. Gallo pinto is the perfect example of inexpensive balanced protein.
Maybe I am wrong but I translated this comment into "get a bit of meat into her". Even the vegetarian Nicaraguans I know (Ana's mother and Ana's now-deceased at only 86 or there abouts grandfather being examples) didn't seem to have protein issues. (I am not including myself because I do eat fish occasionally.)
I have talked to quite a few restaurant owners about the issue of no vegetarian choices on the menu. The universal answer has been that if you are poor you eat gallo pinto at home but people who can afford to eat out tend to want meat.
I bring this up because it is another case where many of us came from a culture where you were told "you need to eat your protein" that translated to a piece of meat. But, the planet just doesn't have the resources so that everyone can get their daily (US-level) portion of meat.