Staple Goods (Staples)

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Definition: Staple Goods (Staples)

Consumer goods which are consumed on a regular basis and are bought often are called staples. They are eaten in such quantity that they constitute a dominant portion of a diet. They are generally inexpensive and vary across places. These provide carbohydrates, proteins and fats – the three macronutrients needs for survival and health.

These can be divided into four categories –

1. Meat, poultry, fish – beef, chicken, bacon, ham, shellfish

2. Bread or cereal – derived from wheat, barley, rice, maize like bread, pasta, rice, grains, flour

3. Vegetables or fruits – fresh and canned vegetables and fruits

4. Dairy products – cheese, butter, milk, yogurt

Agricultural civilizations valued staple goods because in addition to giving necessary nutrients, they could be stored for a longer duration without decay

Showing below the demographic profiles of staple foods-


Rice, wheat and maize are the staples for over 4 billion people and constitutes two-third of the human food consumption



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