No food is healthy. Not even kale.


No food is healthy. Not even kale.

Our beloved kale is not “healthy”. We believe they are contradictory. (Deb Lindsey/Washington post)

Not long ago, I saw a woman put a box of land on a conveyor belt in a supermarket.

“May I ask why you buy half a pound?” I said. Half of it is determined by fat content: about 10%, more than milk, less than cream.

“Because it’s fat-free? She answered.

“Do you know what they use instead of fat?” I asked.

“Well,” she said, then picked up the cardboard box and read the second ingredient on the label after skim milk: “corn syrup.” She frowned. Then she put the cartons back on the conveyor and scanned them with other groceries.

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The woman apparently didn’t want to ask herself the question, but instead accepted the common view that it was possible to avoid the important parts of our diet.

So what? Why should food companies, advertisers and food researchers think for us? In the 1970s, no one questioned whether eggs were actually a heart attack risk nutritionist told us. Of course, eggs have become a cherished food and many people raise chickens. Examples of food confusion and misinformation abound.

“There will never be a healthy food supply in this country,” said Harry Balzer, an analyst at NPD group. When it comes to American food shoppers, he says cheerfully. “No way. Because once something becomes popular, someone will find an unhealthy cause. ”

Here, balzer USES the most dangerous term: “health.”

Everyone told us to eat healthy foods from doctors, nutritionists, food magazines and newspapers. We take it for granted that kale salad is healthy, while a big MAC with fries is not.

In the 1970s few people questioned the widespread belief that eggs were a heart attack waiting to happen. Now they are one of our favorite ingredients. (mark Gail/Washington post)

I promise you our beloved kale is not “healthy”. We believe they are contradictory. They’re not healthy; They are nutritious. When ready, they may be delicious, and kale itself may be a healthy crop. But the kale on your plate is not healthy, and the most important thing about this kale salad is that it is full of nutrients your body needs. But it’s not strictly named. If you only eat kale, you’ll get sick. Nomenclature shows where we start.

Cleveland clinic preventive medicine expert Rozanne Sukol said, is a bankrupt term “Health”, “Health Enterprise” (Health Enterprise) of the medical and nutrition, director of the automated (” they didn’t teach us anything about medical school nutrition “) tell me when we walk the grocery store aisle. “Our food is not healthy. We are healthy. Our food is nutritious. I’m all about the word. Words are the key to what people need to know what to eat. Everyone was confused. ”

In march last year, the food and drug administration sent a letter to the nut maker Kind, saying it was illegal to use the word “health” on its packaging (too much almond fat). Kind responds to citizens’ petitions asking the FDA to re-evaluate the definition of the word.

If I could repeat the doctor’s words: our food is not healthy. If we eat nutritious food, we will be healthy. Words matter. And those things that we’re applying for food are more important than ever.

A kraft cheese slice cannot be called cheese, but it must be labeled “cheese food” or “cheese product”. A customer cannot be called a “potato chip” but a “potato chip”. However, packaged foods can be labeled “natural” or “totally natural” – exactly the difference between the two. – there are almost no rules.

Pork skin is an indulgence, of course, but they are “unhealthy”? They are almost pure proteins. (Kate patterson/Washington post)

This is a word we think we understand: protein. Protein is good, right? Build strong muscles and have positive health implications. That’s why “protein shake” is a multi-billion dollar business. Because we think pork has high fat content, pork crispy skin has no positive health connotation. But there’s a little more pork crispy than Fried pork skin. The skin is one of many forms of connective tissue in all animals and is made up almost entirely of protein, usually consisting of a layer of fat. When these pigskin strips are Fried, most of the fat turns to powder, and connective tissue evaporates, creating a delicious, crunchy, salty crust. Therefore, I recommend that you recommend them as “protein snacks” during your trip.

Given the infinitely malleable language of food, it’s no wonder that American food shoppers are confused.

What is “mechanical separation of meat” because of our low fat love and popular standard ingredients for Turkey bacon and chicken sausage? “Do you know what that is? “Asked a grocer. “They basically put the poultry bodies in a giant salad rotator.” Other than cartilage (protein!) Nerves (I’m already enough, thank you), and some meat, bone shards – scraped off and added to a mixing bowl. “Mechanical separation of meat” only makes our imaginations richer when someone adds new words to it, such as “pink mucus”.

The label may tell you that it is “rich,” but it doesn’t tell you that the ingredients of bread are first stripped of its natural benefits. (PAUL j. RICHARDS/AFP/getty images)

“Refinement” is another important food word. In general, refinement means elegance and appearance, in a manner or taste culture, or removing impurities. However, this is what the food company says the malt has removed from the germ and the bran, and the rest is pure starch, without fiber, oil, iron and vitamins, to nourish the wheat.

“It’s not perfect,” Sukol says. “it’s peeling.” “Flour deprives nutrition of its value to our bodies, but reduces shelf life.


Because it is deprived, we must “enrich” it. Rich, good, good, right? Be rich, be strong. Food companies have added iron to their refining process, but not enough. “Refined flour – causes B vitamins and iron deficiency, so they add vitamins and iron,” Sukol says. What are their names? Enrichment and reinforcement. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that they forgot to add folic acid, vitamin B9. ”

What we don’t know, Sukol says, is that these additives, not to mention triglycerides and sulfates, plus the lack of fiber, will affect our metabolism for a long time. So far, she says, “it has led to diabetes and metabolic syndrome.”

If we eat nutritious food, we will be healthy. Our food is nutritious. We are healthy, or we are not healthy. If we eat nutritious food, we can improve the health we have.

It’s not a judgment about what you choose to eat. If you’re craving a cheesy product baked between deprived bread and a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup (made with ketchup, corn syrup and potassium chloride), that’s fine. This is one of my favorite childhood meals. Please pay attention to. If this is something you like, you can buy half of the fat; Just know what you are in your body and why.


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