Science and Journalism in Society

Brandeis University JOUR 130B

What is Really Healthy in 2016

An article from Independent (“Healthy Food Doesn’t Exist – According to Experts”) argues that healthy food really doesn’t exist. The fat in fat-free half-and-half has been replaced with corn syrup. Pork cracklings are assumed to be bad because of their fat when they really can be beneficial because they are high in protein. Shoppers are constantly left confused because they look for what is “healthy” rather than what is nutritious.

Scientists and nutritionists are constantly coming up with new ideas on what is good or bad for people to consume. Last week, Enviroblog posted an article naming Environmental Working Group’s top five eating guidelines, including the following:

  1. Eat more vegetables and fruits, but keep away from pesticides
  2. Limit red, processed, and most meats
  3. Limit intake of soda, sugar, and salt
  4. Limit your consumption of foods with mercury and your seafood diet to low-mercury fish
  5. Watch out for processed and chemical-heavy foods

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, avocados are the way to go. They are versatile and do not contain sugar, dairy, or gluten.  According to Independent, Freekeh is the new thing. “Throw out your quinoa”, they say, because freekeh is a trending grain that’s low in fat and high in protein, iron, and fiber, leaving you full and energetic. Independent also recommends eggs, goat milk, fish, sweet potatoes, wild greens and herbs, tofu, walnuts, black beans, fresh fruit, seaweed, wild rice, garlic, prawns, and chillies, as “superfoods” that can help you live longer.

If you ask me, I’ll eat whatever looks appetizing and won’t kill me (kidding, a little). It’s hard to know how to shop for healthy foods today, but it seems that it’s always better to choose natural foods over processed foods or those that contain too many chemicals. It’s important to understand what nutrients and chemicals may be in your food and to choose “healthy” wisely.




1 Comment

  1. This is nice, Samantha. I like how much you’ve put yourself in the story. We face these questions and dilemmas every time we go to the grocery store or the restaurant. Nice thought to link to several sources but I’d check the reliability before linking.

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