How does food affect health?
Well, to answer that, we need to go back to 1826.
Most of us weren’t alive then, but Anthelme Brillat-Savarin certainly was; and he’s still very much a household name today, as you’ll no doubt agree.
Need I say, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was a French physician who coined the immortal words “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es,” words uttered around the dinner tables of Australia to this day.
Well, maybe not; because they’re French.
“Tell me what you eat, I will tell you what you are, mate.” That’s the English/Aussie version.
And, of course, you know what happened next in this early version of plagiarism: yes, in 1863, another household name, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, stole Anthelme’s thunder writing in a published essay the immortal words “Der Mensch ist, was er ibt.”
Yes indeed, “Man is what he eats.” Woman as well for that matter.
And we are what we eat even if both Anthelme and Ludwig meant it less literally than we’ve taken it. We are what we eat in the sense that our health is largely what it is based on what we eat; none of us will end up looking like a quarterpounder, though some will get close.
So let’s start with the obvious question.
Is junk food really that bad?
In a word, yes. Food is basically information for your body; give it the wrong information and you’re in trouble. Make healthy food choices, and be informed with Nutrition and Dietetics course which gives you information to be empowered with food decisions.
Junk food is like sending nasty Facebook messages to our bodies
If we can liken your body to a Facebook account and junk foods as your friends, here’s what you eat is staying on your newsFEED.
Junk food says “Sorry, I can’t be bothered with you right now. Can we sort out this whole nutrient deficiency and obesity thing out later?”
To which your body says “No worries, I’ll just keep an eye out for any chronic diabetes, crippling arthritis and life-ending heart attacks in the meantime. If I don’t respond to your next message, you’ll know why.”
“Haha, okay.” junk food replies, “Two-for-one on cheeseburgers, gotta go!”
Deny it all you like; these are the messages you’re sending your body if junk food is the basis of your diet. Food is vital information and if that information is what your body doesn’t want to hear – carbohydrates, fats, sugars – it’s going to rebel; worse it’s going to block you, or its arteries sure will. And if your arteries block you, there’s not much Mark Zuckerberg can do.
So let’s try giving your body some nice friends
“Hi, Atlantic Salmon here, I can be a bit wild – haha farmed salmon joke there – but I’ll do wonders for your heart. Add me.”
“Hi, I saw your public profile. Add me cos it looks like you need me, Cheers, Lean Chicken.”
“Hi, I’m clean, green and shaped just like you if your profile picture’s anything to go by. Yes, I’m an avocado and I’m a super food, full of everything you need and nothing you don’t. Add me.”
“Hi, I’m really boring and I’m not a food, I’m a boring drink, a really boring drink, but people keep drinking me cos I take away their appetite and they eat less and lose weight. So yeah, add me if you want, Cheers, Water.”