By Bobbie Randall
March 19, 2014
National Nutrition Month is a time to celebrate good food. One of my favorite mantras is that there is no good food or bad food. The only food that could be bad is the food that causes a food borne illness.
During a conversation many people declare that they heard that a food or a beverage is bad, while touting how good another food may be. Remember, there is no good food or bad food.
Then how can National Nutrition Month be about celebrating good food if there are no good foods or bad foods? Even a dietitian can get caught up in the good and bad definition.
Words like good, better, best, bad and worse are usually used to express feelings and opinions. At times they define morals and ethics, such as a good law or bad behavior. Saying that a child is a good girl or the best son defines character and affects self worth.
Saying that a food is a good food personalizes the action of consuming the food. Eating celery instead of French fries is often thought of as a good thing; for some people choosing the greasy, salty fries can cause feelings of guilt. Does that make French fries bad or the person bad for eating them?
My mother taught me years ago that there is a time and a place for everything and everything should be in place. Sounds like a Momism to make a young girl clean her room. Sometimes it worked!
There is a time and a place for every kind of food and healthy choices put them in the right place. There are no good foods or bad foods. There are healthy foods and foods that are not as healthy.
Putting high calorie, high fat, and high salt foods in the body can be very unhealthy especially for someone dealing with extra body weight and a cardiac condition. On the other hand refusing to eat a hot dog at a ball game and then feeling so deprived that a person eats multiple bags of buttery popcorn and salty peanuts overcompensates for the lack of the hot dog.
There is a time and a place for that one hot dog. Over eating hot dogs give them a bad name. There are no good foods or bad foods.
A television doctor demonstrating the health benefits of a particular food does not make that food a good food. Instead that particular food enhances the health of some people. There are no good foods or bad foods.
Think of foods as either healthy or unhealthy for the body. Most likely it isn’t the type of food that make it healthy or unhealthy, it is the amount.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator and a registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-684-4776.