Order chicken and vegetable soup with tortillas

By ordering the soup, you show that you appreciate Mexican foods and, also, that you understand that these foods can be nutritious and delicious. Chicken soup is not considered a “special” food so you show that you enjoy simple foods. But are you really being honest about yourself?

What about the values at risk here?

Respect for Persons
Beneficence
Justice
My Decision
Respect for persons:
By choosing the soup, you are showing respect by responding to your research participants reports that chicken is healthier than pork or beef. You are using their own criteria to evaluate and guide your behavior, which is a respectful and humble practice.

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Beneficence:
This choice is beneficial in that it demonstrates both a recognition of the importance of traditional foods and more healthy eating. It might be considered a benefit from both a social perspective and a more standard public health perspective.

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Justice:
Promoting nutritional justice involves highlighting foods that are valuable from both a cultural and a physical health perspective.

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My Decision:
This is the decision the researcher made. After balancing the fundamental ethical principles, this decision felt that it was the most honest and created the most short-term and long-term benefit to the research trajectory and research participants.

What would you do?

Order a salad

By ordering a salad, you present a healthy example while being honest about what you like to eat. However, are you simply reinforcing the stereotype of the slim upper/middle class New Yorker and making your participant feel self-conscious about her choice of meal and, ultimately, compromising the research through ...

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Order the sopes con carnitas (served with cheese and cream on top)

By ordering a higher fat and culturally appropriate meal, you are showing that you enjoy and are interested in participating in the cultural practices of your research community. However, are you sending mixed messages about nutrition and encouraging your research participants to eat meals that may be less healthy ...

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Order chicken and vegetable soup with tortillas

By ordering the soup, you show that you appreciate Mexican foods and, also, that you understand that these foods can be nutritious and delicious. Chicken soup is not considered a "special" food so you show that you enjoy simple foods. But are you really being honest about yourself? ...

Defend this Choice!

Allow your research participant to order for you

Balancing the dilemma of ordering is overwhelming so you ask your research participant if she would choose a meal for you. This relieves you of the responsibility and may give you a unique window into how your participant perceives you but is it really ethical to give up control ...

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