Base your diet on real, unprocessed food or eat real food!
Simple. In fact, here at Primal Cut, we believe if you do this everyday, you won't go too far wrong. Mother Nature is very clever. And food in its natural state, unprocessed or very minimally processed, has a natural intrinsic integrity. How do we know this? Humans have been eating natural food for centuries and thriving! It's only now we seem to be struggling with soaring obesity rates, type 2 Diabetes diagnoses, ever increasing cancer rates, Alzheimers and a surge in food intolerance - we have to ask, what is going wrong with our food?
While we don't yet fully understand the complex synergy between differing food groups, we do know that they compliment and enhance each other and support our bodies in growth and wellness. Together they support us as designed by nature. And who are we to interfere with that?
And yet we do.
Food as Science
Who else remembers when home economics transformed into domestic science at school? Looking back , it does seem to have coincided with the growth in the processed food industry. Curious days of carrying jelly home in a basket on the school bus suddenly disappeared. May be that was part of growing up! The truth is that food is very different now and most of us have no clear understanding of mono or diglycerides of fatty acids. We don't store nitrites, guar gum, high fructose corn syrup, malto-dextrin or hydrogenated vegetable fat in our kitchen cupboards and we don't have a clear understanding of why they started to appear in our food - and yet we eat them every day! But is it food or is it science?
At what cost?
Perhaps the chemical cocktails poured into processed food are of benefit just not for you or me. They create artificial colours, taste and texture which are very appealing to the senses - and guess what, this helps to sell more and more product but is it good for us? And at what cost? It is after all the job of the food scientist to find ever more ways to sell more products at a higher mark up for the processed food industry. That's where the chemicals and artificial preservatives come in, but in the process (or processing) they cut through the very food stuffs Mother Nature designed to nurture us. And guess what - your health is not their priority.
Your food addiction is.
For now, we say - keep it simple. Eat real food. it doesn't have to be complicated and it doesn't have to be big business. If you don't recognise the name or ingredient on the label - don't eat it!
As artisan makers of naturally tasty certified gluten free pork sausages, we follow this first guiding principle every day. We keep our ingredients simple and sugar free and label every pack up front and in plain English so that every customer can see exactly what they are eating. And make their own choice based on real time information.
As Britain's leading investigative food journalist Joanna Blythman writes in her delicious book "What to Eat"
"If you choose mainly unprocessed or only minimally processed food and regularly eat a variety of different foods from all the major food groups, then you really don't need to worry too much about being healthy."
And we couldn't agree more!
Happy #realfoodday !
P.S. If you would like to find out more about real food and are looking for a stonking day out with the family at a food event that promises none of the vendors will sell products with any sugar or artificial preservatives present, then check out this brand new event in Ambleside, on the 20th July 2019 Real Food Rocks. We will be there and all profits from the festival will go to the Public Health Collaboration, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of public health information.
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