Some Foods Not As Healthy As You Might Think

 Very good list of some of the so called "healthy food" frauds from Web MD. Web MD Slide Show of Foods that are not as "healthy" as you might think

In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine both healthy food is food that is fresh and alive with prana. That means freshly grown and freshly cooked. So, for example, a microwaved frozen organic vegan meal is still, alas, a frozen microwaved meal that lacks any of the energy of freshly cooked food. Miso soup out of a packet is not miso soup, I am pretty positive it lacks the qualities fresh miso has. Its the miso equivalent of freeze dried coffee, isn't it. The list goes on.

Want a healthy diet? Take the time to cook. If you don't have the time to cook, then at least be honest with yourself and accept what you are sacrificing. Life is full of choices, and choosing food that was prepared in an industrial kitchen a week ago, or from the freezer, or  from restaurants that is so often very high in salt and fat is what it is.  Let's just be honest about it. There is also that self nurturing aspect of cooking as well.

Then there are the alleged health foods, like granola bars--full of sugar and fat; granola itself, full of sugar and fat and very undigestable since oats are a grain and grains need to be boiled in water,  frozen yogurt, full of sugar, the list goes on.

The other issue is miracle foods. A healthy diet is an overall diet, not a single miracle food. Health is a complex interplay of mind and body, and it doesnt come out of bottle or from any one single thing.

Goji berries, for example, are great food. We use them in Chinese Medicine as an essence/jing tonic, and for eyesight problems. But they are not a miracle. They are simply good for you. Just as good as cabbage, which no one promotes b/c there is no buck to be made...

So beware of the marketing, whether its the tobacco company or Whole Foods Market. And enjoy your food. Its meant to be pleasurable.


 Eyton J. Shalom, M.S., L.Ac. San Diego, CA All Rights Reserved, Use With Permission Ayurveda, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine in San Diego