Good food takes time. If you’re new to cooking, it can also seem like a lot of work. To prepare a meal today, we have to drive to the grocery store and purchase the ingredients; the vegetables that have been trucked in from across the country, the spices that have been dried and packaged for us, and the meat that has been pre-portioned by the butcher. But if this seems like a lot of work, what did people do before supermarkets existed?
For far too long the health food community has suffered from fat phobia. This myth is slowly being unraveled, however, as new studies reveal the important role fat plays in our health. Recently, nutrition scientists at the Havard School of Public Health stated that:
“the low-fat campaign has been based on little scientific evidence and may have caused unintended health consequences”
Because we have been conditioned to fear fat in our food, eating foods with fat can feel sinful. But the reason fat is so tasty is because as humans we are biologically programmed to desire it. What our bodies are asking us for, however, are natural fats (ones that our ancestors evolved with over hundreds of thousands of years). The American diet has replaced these natural fats with man-made, industrial seed oils- fats that are not found in nature and are thus foreign to our bodies.
Baby back ribs seem like a lot of work but they’re so easy. The problem with ribs is usually the sauce they’re smothered in. I make a BBQ sauce when I cook baby back ribs so I can control the ingredients myself. If you do use a store bought sauce, check the label carefully.
Americans have a love affair with sauces and condiments. Unfortunately, these products are usually more like science fair projects than food. Even (especially) when a product promotes itself with qualifiers like “fat-free!” or “low-sodium!”, you can usually just translate that to “sugar-loaded, chemical explosion!”.
As for barbecue sauce, the number one ingredient is almost always High Fructose Corn Syrup (from GMO corn). You’ll then get a good mix of other seemingly innocent ingredients: tomato paste, vinegar, caramel color. That last one may not catch your attention, but despite its wholesome sounding name, it is in fact linked to cancer and its safety is currently being reevaluated by the FDA.
The most unfortunate resistance to eating healthy is the idea that in order to do so you must suffer through steamed broccoli and tofu every night. In reality, a healthy, real food diet can (and should) include foods that are insanely delicious.
The problem is that we’ve lost touch with our sensory signaling, and we automatically think if something tastes good, it must not be healthy. Continue reading