I recently wrote an article about the “whole foods” movement. This movement is about getting back to more healthy, locally grown foods and away from the chemical-laden processed foods. It’s about eating fresh food that is grown within a hundred miles of where you live, chickens that are free range and grass fed beef.
Grass fed beef, for instance, doesn’t have all of the marbling that is found in corn fed beef. It’s richer in Omega 3’s and doesn’t have all the steroids and hormones that are injected into beef that is grown on a factory farm.
Part of the whole foods’ movement is to get back to buying at farmer’s markets instead of big supermarkets. It’s more than just buying organic, but rather getting your food from sustainable sources.
Some local area restaurants have joined the movement. Some even grow fresh herbs and vegetables right there at the restaurant for use in their menus. Fast food and processed food may have been the order of the day when us baby boomers were growing up, but now we want to eat more like our great grandmothers did.
Bestselling books like “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan, advise us to “not eat anything our great grandmothers wouldn’t recognize as food.” He recommends that you eat a balanced diet of mostly plants. there’s nothing wrong with some meat and fat, but a balance diet that is mostly vegetarian is the best way to go. Although they have changed the layout of the basic food groups, this is the way that most nutritionists have recommended over the years.
But now, according to the Riverfront Times, there is a new movement within the whole local foods’ movement: raw food. The raw food movement espouses us to eat only uncooked foods. We all know that old adage that cooking vegetables destroys some of the vitamins and nutrients, but now raw food advocates say that it does more. According to them, it also destroys some of the vital phytonutrients that are found in uncooked food as well.
And there has been some new news to come down the pike that in the case of cooked meats, the hot temperatures and smoke from the burning fat can create carcinogens, substances that combine with the preservatives and cause cancer.
So I guess it’s back to eating weeds if you want to sat healthy. But I still believe in everything in moderation. Like one nutritionist recently said and shocked her fellow nutritionists: a hot dog a week isn’t going to harm you. Nuff said.