Foodways, or food habits, refers to the ways in which food is obtained, stored, prepared, and eaten. We decide several times a day what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and with whom to eat. You may not think about it, but a variety of factors influence your choices. Foodways are passed from generation to generation. When we say we like the “taste” of food, we are referring to the texture, flavor, and smell of the food. Did you know that we have approximately 10,000 taste buds? Studies show that individuals rank taste as the number one reason for selecting specific foods, with nutrition ranking second.