Food gives us energy and nutrients, which help our growth and development. The body needs alot of 5 nutrients - protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals - from out food to properly stay healthy. A cuisine is a style of cooking characterized by distinctive ingredients, techniques and dishes, and usually associated with a specific culture or geographic region. A cuisine is primarily influenced by the ingredients that are available locally or through trade. Religious food laws, such as Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish dietary laws, can also exercise a strong influence on cuisine.