Is Food Inherently Good or Bad?
NO! There are no GOOD or BAD foods!!
We’re going to say it one more time for those in the back, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS INHERENTLY GOOD OR BAD FOOD!
Some foods are more health-promoting than others. Think about food as being on a spectrum from “EAT MORE” to “EAT SOME” to “EAT LESS.”
And everyone’s spectrum will look different.
- For example, if you have kidney disease, a high protein diet is probably not best for you. However, if you’ve got healthy kidneys and you regularly exercise, a high protein intake is good for you.
However, some things will be on EAT LESS side for every one.
- Many foods offer little physiological value. Like trans fats and other artificial foods, artificial additives, and artificial ingredients. (Think Kraft singles cheese slices and vegetable oils)
And even with 100% natural foods, gross overconsumption isn’t a good idea either. Take the vegetarians who eat soy as their only protein source or bodybuilders whose protein consists of canned tuna for the 16 weeks leading up to a contest.
Sure, tuna and soy foods are natural. And eaten in moderation, can contribute to a healthy diet. But, keep in mind, there’s always that moderation thing we must contend with.
Despite all the seemingly conflicting information, there are several foundational elements that virtually every health professional will agree upon:
- Eat more minimally-processed whole foods and fewer highly processed foods.
- More vegetables are better than fewer vegetables.
- Eating enough protein is crucial for health, performance, and body composition.
In the long term, learning to manage your food intake based on your body’s hunger and fullness cues works better than weighing and measuring everything you eat.
Again, this is just a general guideline. If you can’t tolerate (or don’t like) certain foods, they may be farther towards your EAT LESS side of your spectrum even though someone else has that same food on their EAT MORE side.