There are such things as healthy fats. There is a way to make red meat good for you. And salt is not always our enemy.
These philosophies all funnel into a simple, nutritious and healthy way of eating. It is called the real food “diet”, and we at Modmarket are strong proponents. I hate to even call it a diet, because it is not limiting or hindering in really any way, and it is quite honestly the way we should be living. Eating the real food way is as simple as it sounds – choosing unprocessed foods direct from nature. And preparing those foods in very simple ways, too, like baking, boiling, steaming or grilling, is a big part of the whole concept. It is the way it was done hundreds of years ago.
A couple articles recently published capture the essence of the real food way of eating. The Atlantic compared several popular diets – low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, Paleolithic, etc. – and concluded that eating real food is not only the best way to eat, but it combines all the great things about each of the diets studied. The article also explains that eating a balanced real food diet diminishes much of our concern over nutrient, fat and salt intake.
“‘If you eat food direct from nature…you don’t even need to think about this. You don’t have to worry about trans fat or saturated fat or salt—most of our salt comes from processed food, not the salt shaker. If you focus on real food, nutrients tend to take care of themselves,’” quotes The Atlantic of Dr. David Katz, practicing physician and researcher at Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
Along a similar vein, The New York Times “Butter is Back” article by Mark Bittman discussed a recent study that found “there’s just no evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. (In fact, there’s some evidence that a lack of saturated fat may be damaging.)”
So all that processed spray-on butter, cool whip and really anything labeled “low fat” is hopefully going the way of the dinosaur and being replaced with actual butter, quality, humanely raised meat and plant-based foods. Bittman puts it well when he summarizes, “‘eat real food’ and ‘avoid anything that didn’t exist 100 years ago.’”
The real food approach is a very simple way of eating. It gets far away from what unfortunately became an extremely complicated science experiment on our foods, and gets us back to how things should and used to be. And the best part is, it tastes amazing.