Trends are something that affects almost everything we deal with in our everyday lives, and food is not an exception here. The food culture that our great grandparents used to practice is not something our parents or we follow now. There are many food customs and traditions they have passed on to us, which we still follow religiously but with an added twist to it due to the influence of whatever is trending at that point.
Talking about food trends, healthy eating is one of those trends that has managed to stay on and has grown its roots deeper by introducing various new trends within the trend. On the occasion of World Food Day, when we are celebrating food, it is good to understand how far we have come with our ever-changing food trends.
It is a term that we are all well versed with. Organic food made an entry in a market flooded with adulterated food. It was introduced to a generation who considered chips and soda as food; no wonders why this trend created such a buzz about healthy eating. Organic produce is food that is free of pesticides, harmful fertilizers, and herbicides. Also, if it is meat, then the animal should be humanely raised, fed organic grain or grass and given no antibiotics or hormone injections. The irony in treating this as a trend is that food was always supposed to be organic in the first place but we messed it up and now paying a huge price trying to get back to the fundamentals.
The concept of consuming raw food is not new. People have been eating fruits and vegetables in its natural form from the beginning. Nowadays this has emerged as a diet pattern for a healthy lifestyle. This diet demands that food be prepared without any conventional cooking involved in it. That is, the food should not be heated above 116 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid the risk of destroying the enzymes that aid in digestion and absorption of the nutrients from the food. This diet is mostly limited to fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and certain grains.
GMO or genetically modified organisms are created in laboratories using DNA engineering techniques. This is an unstable combination of organisms that do not occur in nature. It is understandable the harm that it can do to our body if we consume the food that is made this way, and that is why a majority who believe in healthy eating have a tendency to look for foods that are GMO-Free certified. The no GMO diet is spreading its wings and awareness to many parts of the world now.
This unique food practice insists on a predominantly vegetarian diet with the occasional consumption of poultry and fish. The diet allows intake of red meats that are high in protein and iron up to twice a week.
It is a complete no-meat diet. But it is nothing like a vegetarian or vegan diet that we all know of. This diet relies more on brown rice and whole grains while limiting the intake of vegetables to certain items that also should be eaten in a soup form. Animal product consumption is also restricted in this diet form.