Although I love that question, I despise the word “healthy”. I loathe it. It creeps up on billboards down the highway and into commercials whenever it gets the chance. It’s slathered on cereal boxes and blared over airways. Why do I hate it? Because I don’t know what it means and most often it means nothing. I know what it implies, don’t get me wrong, its just being misused EVERYWHERE.
This post is about the use of the word “healthy”. I think we can all agree that the words “healthy” and “nutritious” should be synonymous, yeah? If we don’t agree there, then I’m sorry I’ve taken up 5 minutes of your Honey Boo-Boo television time, better get back to the couch, you might miss her spin around all whacked out on sugar and caffeine again!
Sorry, lets get back to it! If we say these two words mean the same thing now we have a definition for “healthy” because by the very nature of the word, “nutritious” implies that the food is rich in nutrients that are good for us. That definition of “healthy” I can live with. What I can’t live with is the billions of dollars in marketing campaigns to tell me that a hamburger bun is “healthy” because it’s only low in calories. Or how about those “healthy” low calorie oreo packs, I mean its only 100 calories right, it HAS to be good for you! "Healthy" low calorie whole grain cereal, never mind the 15 grams of sugar in each ¾ cup serving (that NOBODY is actually using to measure by the way). I bet I could sell a frosty dog turd if I packaged it up and said it was a low calorie snack!
Most of the time the food industry uses the word “healthy” to describe its relationship to calories. Soooo 80 calories of kale is healthier than 100 calories of kale right? Ahhhhhhh Brain aneurism! 90% of the time these companies are trying to sell you processed crap, but if they sell you less of it, it turns into a “healthy snack”. Is a donut healthy? Compared to what, 5 donuts? Then hell yeah a donut is super healthy! Is 1tsp of rat poison healthy? Well, it’s healthier than 2tsps that’s for sure. Ok, I think I’ve made my point.
For a food to be “nutritious” it needs to have things like bio-available vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, maybe even some probiotics. If a food does indeed have those things then we can swap out the word “healthy” for “nutritious” and be totally in the right. However, the minute we call that 80 calorie hamburger bun “nutritious”, we’re making a false statement. It wouldn’t be such a big deal except that people are starting to take their health into their own hands and they’re looking for the “healthy” options now. If America went by what was being advertised as healthy we could easily wind up overweight, diabetic and possibly on the road to a major illness….oh wait…
Choose Nutrient Dense, Toxin Free food and you'll be in the right every time. More to come on exactly what that entails…..