By Laurie Stone, L.Ac.
Whole foods. Real foods. Nature-made.
You see these words everywhere on commercials, in grocery stores, on blog posts. What do we really mean when we talk about real food?
#1. Foods that contain a single ingredient.
No: “Enriched semolina, B vitamins, Inulin, Sorbitol, Wheat Gluten, Xantham Gum, Pectin, and Potassium Chloride”
#2. Foods that don’t come in a wrapper or box.
#3. Foods that are typically found on the perimeter of the grocery store.
Yes: Produce, Seafood, Meat, Dairy, etc.
No: Boxed cereals, meal helpers, frozen lunches, etc.
#4. Foods that have pronounceable words.
Mmmmm, how about a dinner of glycerol triacetate followed by some transglutaminase for dessert?
#5. Foods that can be made in your own kitchen.
Unless you happen to be a chemist, I’m pretty sure you are not making High Fructose Corn Syrup in your kitchen.
#6. Foods made by mother nature.
#7. Foods that don’t have a nutrition label.
Nobody ever needs to know an RDA amount for kale.
#8. Foods that are their original color without any help from FD&C Yellow #5.
#9. Foods that weren’t made by a flavor chemist, a.k.a. flavorist.
Yep, that is a real job title.
#10. Foods that don’t need technology to create them.
Corn that is genetically modified to contain Roundup weed killer is not food.
And the most important bonus definition….
#11: Foods that truly nourish you and make you feel vibrant!
These are my definitions – what about you? Do you have any definitions to add of what “real food” means to you?
I challenge you to take the next five days and eat nothing but real food, no matter how busy you are, then come back and tell me how it went!