Soul Food traditions cannot and should not be taken from black family traditions. However it must be done in moderation. There are many families that eat heavy soul food type dinners and meals multiple times a week and some even daily. With an average person suggested calorie intake being approximately 2,000 calories—a good smash session at a table of soul goodness can easily exceed 2,000 calories. This type of eating leads to weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic diseases.