Healthy food is an obvious necessity. We can’t avoid the essential benefits of a good diet. Unfortunately, we’re often attracted to harmful foods which causes us to avoid healthy foods. A combination of the convenience and addiction towards nutrient deficient foods as well as a lack of knowledge on what is good or bad to eat have led many astray.
Today, more than ever, it seems there are so many trendy diets and catchy buzzwords on food labels aimed at a society that really is trying to eat healthier. The problem is, food that is trulyhealthy is less profitable for the big food industry.
This is because the processing and additive inputs that are used for most foods are cost-efficient and are addictive to varying degrees. Take sugar for example. It’s one of the most addictive substances known to man and is also one of the most pervasive additives in our food. We say additive and not ingredient because sugar is not used as an ingredient in many food items.
It’s true prevalence lies in two things, it is a cheap preservative, and it guarantees repeat business. Think of why a bag of savory chips would need sugar. It’s not for the flavor profile, but most processed packaged food, even if it’s far off the sweetness scale contains sugar. That’s because sugar increases shelf life and also makes every bite so addictive, you will want more.
Having said that, you might conclude that the best solution is simply to source whole foods and avoid processed food, right? Unfortunately, even here there is a shortcoming. A lot of fresh produce and animal products available commercially are derived from questionable sources.
A lot of fruit and vegetables you will have access to has undergone extensive genetic manipulation. This is done to ensure cost-efficient growing and maximum yield output, often at the expense of your long term well-being. Add a bunch of pesticides to the mix and you have a GMO salad with a heavy metal dressing.
Animal products such as meat, fish and eggs also have their share of unsavory qualities. Pumped with hormones and antibiotics, most of the meat you eat could be building up to cause long term harm. Increased risk of cancer and other degenerative diseases has been shown to result from consumptions of mass-produced animal based foods.
As mentioned, there is a shift, a sort of awakening in the public consciousness around nutrition. Many are moving away from the trauma caused by nutrient deficient processed foods and are seeking healthy food alternatives. This trend and change in habit hasn’t gone unnoticed by the food empire juggernauts.
Every commercial food entity from fast food to grocery giants are beginning to repackage and rebrand. The catch however is it is mostly a change in market approach that has occurred and not really one to do with improved products. Overuse of healthy food tag lines and labels like “low fat”, “organic”, “free-range” and “superfood” are just examples. Even more deceptive and misleading are the hidden toxins. Words that have been renamed to confuse you from understanding what you’re really buying into. Whatever the case may be, it is a good time to learn how to judge healthy food from unhealthy food.
3 ways to Judge between Healthy Food and Unhealthy Food
The easiest and most appropriate way to determine a healthy food from one which isn’t is how natural it is. By natural, we mean both in its presentation and its source.
An apple can appear perfectly natural, but it could have been sourced from a commercial orchard, subject to extensive genetic modification and use of pesticides. Try to source your produce from small scale growers at farmers markets or local green grocers. Better yet, grow your own. With enough space and preparation, it is fairly simple.
The same can be said for meat and animal products. Go small scale and local. Wild caught fish and wild hunted game are good choices and are also more environmentally responsible ways to obtain your food.
As mentioned, simply opting for whole foods over processed and refined ones won’t cover all your bases. However, it is the best and most obvious start.
Approach your food with this mindset, ask yourself if you could replicate the state or the processing method without the need of industrial grade equipment or chemicals. If your answer is no, best to avoid that food. If the answer is yes, then it might be okay and if the answer is it isn’t processed, then even better.
Whole, unrefined, unprocessed food is your best choice. It will likely have all the right stuff such as fiber, vitamins and minerals as nature intended.
Read the Label
We live in the information age, constantly bombarded by facts, figures, news and views. One of the most prevalent forms of information is advertising and advertising has only but one goal. To sell that which would not sell itself. When it comes to the food we buy and eat, advertising is king.
The enticing packaging and leading labels are all designed to make you buy and eat more. This often means promoting only the good qualities, even if there aren’t many. Fortunately for you, the law is on your side and food companies are mandated to include all the necessary facts about what’s in each box, bag or bottle.
Many use the ingredients list as a reference to determine the healthy food status of a product. The drawback with this is that many ingredients lists are designed just to tick the legal box. They don’t present information in an easy to read form, often squashing tiny words together in a confined layout. The words themselves are also very confusing, especially with the “E-number” ingredients. Lastly, some ingredients such as sugar use synonyms (alternate words) to disguise their presence.
If you know what’s good for you, a quick scan of the values index can alert you, at least regarding the macronutrients such as sugar. It also pays to familiarize yourself with some less than healthy E-numbers so you can spot them on packaging.
Healthy food, unhealthy food, it all seems confusing at first. With a bit of research, mindfulness and common sense, it’s much easier to determine what you should or shouldn’t put on your plate.
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