June 17/Washington/Huffington Post – A NGO Oxfam poll of 16,000 people in 17 countries around the world found the world's favorite food is pasta. Second and third place went to "meat" and "rice." The global choices mirrored those of the U.S. and U.K. quite closely, though some individual countries went zestier. The favorite food of Kenya was a maize porridge called ugali; Spaniards chose national rice dish paella. The strangest element of the survey results, though, may be the inclusion of ethnic categories alongside individual dishes -- including "Italian." At 9th, it held up surprisingly well, considering it had been stripped, by the terms of the survey, of both pizza and pasta.

The top 10 list of the world's favorite foods includes:


1. Pasta

2. Meat

3. Rice

4. Pizza

5. Chicken

6. Fish and seafood

7. Vegetables

8. Chinese

9. Italian

10. Mexican


From the June 21, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.