Changing the Vocabulary

Did anyone read Michael Ruhlman’s article entitled “No food is healthy. Not even kale” from The Washington Post?  After reading it, I thought that it was interesting food for thought.  His thesis was that food is either nutritious or devoid of nutrients.  In this same way, people are either healthy, unhealthy, or somewhere in between.  Food is not healthy.  People are not nutritious.  However, consumers and manufacturers alike have grown accustomed to this jargon.

Ruhlman’s article got me thinking about the tremendous power of words.  For instance, we talk about processed food as a bad thing, without realizing that many foods that are good for us are– indeed– processed.  High quality cheese, rich in calcium and other nutrients, is actually processed.  So, this is another reminder to take care with our language about food.

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,



4 thoughts on “Changing the Vocabulary

  1. Boo Radley

    Katie, thank you for passing along that article. It sums up the problem that you are addressing through this blog: in general, people pay so little attention to the food that they fuel their bodies with! Even when they do pay attention, they accept certain terms as if they mean something that they don’t. Fat-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthier, and several other similar problems with food labeling are addressed in the article. It is up to us to find all the others that aren’t listed there, and all of the new ones that will come down the pike as people get wise to the current misleading labels.

    As for food items that are considered heathy and then become excommunicated from the ranks of “healthy”, to some degree I think that’s natural as we learn more about each food. Foods are like celebrities, I think. When we first discover them, we are enamored with their positive attributes. Some people grow tired of hearing about them and begin pointing out the flip side, the negative attributes. So we wouldn’t want every movie to star the same exact cast, just like we should eat a variety of foods in balance so that we don’t grow tired of them and so that we get all of the health benefits that each food has to offer.

    I feel as though many people would do all kinds of research to buy a new “toy”, a car, a gadget, what have you, but they won’t do the same due dilligence when buying food. Food! That which gives energy, helps one look and feel better, and even live longer lives with a greater quality of life!

    Thank you so much, Katie, for helping us to be more mindful, one blog at a time.

    Keep up the good work. It might be hard for you to see from behind that screen, but what you do matters and it works!

    Thank you! 😊

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I find your point about the types of research consumers conduct before making significant purchases to be particularly interesting. In a sense, whenever we purchase a food item or a beverage, we are making a monetary investment in our short-term and long-term health. Researching the nutrients, or lack of nutrients, in the food items and the beverages that we consume is an easy, as well as empowering act. Thank you for commenting!

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