Created for Food, Not Nutrients

Genesis 9:3 “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you.  Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”

This is the command that God gave Noah after the flood.  He gave us (humans) permission to eat His creation.  This is the food that God provided for us to eat; that we were created to eat.  Did you notice He doesn’t mention anything about the components of food?  God didn’t command us to make sure we get enough protein, or vitamins and minerals in our diet, did He?

Food (and eating) used to be simple.  I would have loved to live in a time when eating was something that was necessary to survive, and not the center of everything.  People didn’t worry about eating the right thing.  They just ate.

A couple of years ago, I read Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food”.  Although Michael Pollan’s general view is a little liberal for my taste, I do agree with him on this:  Our society has become obsessed with nutrients and have forgotten about real food.

If you are unsure about what real food is, think fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy. Foods that come from the farm, and not the factory.  Your best indicator is to look at the ingredients on the package.  For example, the ingredients in a bag of fresh carrots should be “carrots”; or a container of sour cream, should just be “cream”. You would be surprised to know how often that is not the case!  Try to limit foods with lots of additives and preservatives, and stick to the basics. Once you get into the habit of reading ingredients, you’ll find a lot of variation between different brands of what you thought were the same thing.

Real food is where the nutrients are!  Eat a variety of foods from as close to the farm as you can get them, and you will have all of the nutrients you need. It’s not necessary, or natural, to live off of fortified food products and nutritional supplements.  Now, I’m not saying that you can’t eat processed food, just try to eat real food most of the time.  That is what we were created to eat.

Originally published 1/9/15

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