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Top 10 Definitions of Real Food


By Laurie Stone, L.Ac.

Whole foods.  Real foods.  Nature-made.

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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.

Yes:  Apples

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!

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