Sometimes, I wonder if there is really a food that is healthier or if 'healthier food' is merely an imagination of people who are being conscious about what they eat. These group of people might include food scientist, food producers, nutritionist, dietitian, and people who value their health from nutritional stand point of view.
Or, perhaps it is a marketing term to have consumer switch from trusted brand to a brand that brings healthy concepts as a trend.
We see food products as a combination of different categories of healthy level.
1. Organic foods with organic farming practices minus the toxins from chemical herbicides and pesticides.
2. Natural foods that found in nature without alteration. This term need to be use carefully as natural can also be define either as found naturally or no alteration after harvesting.
3. Non-GMO foods.
4. Type of nutrients contain in the food categories.
Using these categories, we can categorize if a food is healthy or not, by definition. It all goes back to the consumers, are they feeling healthy as a consequences of eating healthily such as having their green vegetables? Or is it merely the community ideology that eating green vegetables is healthy or having organic foods is healthy?
I recently wrote an article on the topic of 'too healthy foods'- do they exist? They exist in the eye of those that have low appreciation of health derived from food they ate. It is a relative measurement of health level. While our community look forward for better food product, ie. healthier foods, there are a minority group that does exactly opposite. They favor processed foods and to them, the society view of healthy foods might not be influential enough to make them change their dietary habits. This is probably how processed foods company are doing well despite competition from healthier food products.
I support healthy products because I believe about how eating healthily translate to healthier body function. How about you? What is too healthy for you?
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