Gluten-free, egg-free, oil-free or fat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free… Lately almost all recipe titles online contain at least one of these, and it makes me think “Is this still food?” Then when you actually read the recipe, usually it’s full of substitutes, ‘wannabe’ healthy alternatives, trendy ingredients… There is no wheat flour, but there is almond flour, rice flour, hazelnut milk, soya milk, coconut oil…all these things have become mainstream in the last few years. But who knows, if they are really the healthier options?
There is no need demonising the ‘real’ food.
You may say people with allergies have to stick to these alternatives. Yes, that’s true. But what about the rest of us? Maybe wheat flour is not natural and easy digestible for human body, maybe it’s not good to drink litres of cow’s milk and maybe coconut oil is better than sunflower oil, but we can still consume these, just in moderation, not completely replace them with alternatives that are here primarily for people who are limited by food allergies.
The GI of rice flour is 95, wheat flour 71. Cow’s milk may have more fat and calories, but hazelnut and almond milk are lower in calories, because they are mainly water. All rice products are probably high in arsenic, if they’re really made of rice. Some studies claim soya contains hormones and is mostly genetically modified to withstand big doses of herbicides that would normally be lethal…
Too much of everything, whatever-free or -full, is bad for us.
There is always a plus and minus to everything – whether it’s the original ingredient or its “healthier” alternative. The problem is not the food itself, but the amounts we eat and the lack of time we have to prepare ‘real’ food. Too much of everything, whatever-free or -full, is bad for us. There is no need demonising the ‘real’ food, the food that comes from traditional sources and has been eaten for ages.
Why don’t we rather think about eating the ‘real’ food in healthy amounts, prepared from scratch… I believe that throwing a piece of real butter into your home-made potato mash, roast potatoes with goose fat or an honest homemade cake with real buttercream won’t harm you time to time. It’s the quick shortcuts, like frozen pre-roasted potatoes with the lowest quality oils and supermarket cakes with cheap shortening that will actually make you fat and sick.