The weight loss movement has shifted from one diet hype to another over the years. If it is not about low carb foods, it is about calorie counting and many more diets and fads that have come up over the years. Have you heard of the term slow foods? We are all familiar with the term fast food, but what are slow foods?
Fast foods are foods that are prepared and served in record time in hotels and restaurants. These meals are most of the time unhealthy and full of fats, but taste really good. Although not all fast food is unhealthy most of it is filled with a huge amount of fat, salt, sugar and additives that are unhealthy. Most of these foods contain very little nutritional benefits in terms of vitamins and minerals hence they are often referred to as empty calories and not healthy snacks.
For a long time, doctors have campaigned against the eating of these foods because they foster ill health. They trigger heart ailments, obesity, diabetes, skin problems and can even have a negative effect on one’s mood. They actually are a pleasant route to chronic ill health and a lackluster life. To fight this growing plague, in came the slow food movement.
The slow food movement is a movement that encourages the conscious effort to move away from fast foods and the culture of fast living that encourages the consumption of these foods. This is actually an organization that has been around since the 80s. It was started by 62 eco-lovers and health food lovers in Italy. The aim of it was to sensitize people on how to protect the environment and their health by making the right choices as concerns the foods they choose to eat by monitoring it from production to consumption.
The main goals of the slow food movement are to educate people on how to taste and enjoy wholesome food of quality and healthy snacks as opposed to going for good taste without health value as in the case of fast foods. It also encourages the protection of the environment by encouraging activities like organic farming that limit the use of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers on farms. This ensures that the integrity of the soil is maintained. The surrounding ecosystem is maintained and the foods produced are of high quality and not contaminated by chemicals and other things used in commercial farming that are dangerous to our health and the environment. It also encourages interaction of food producers and lovers who support the first two objectives.
If you are a champion of slow foods, then you care where your meal comes from, how its ingredients were produced and also prepare it in the right way. This means finding ways that will most maintain the integrity of the ingredients of your meal in terms of preserving the vitamin, minerals and other nutrients in them. This will ensure that when these foods are consumed, they provide the eater with the most benefits health wise and taste wise as well making for healthy snacks.
So, slow food culture is a healthier way of approaching food production and intake that is meant to benefit the community and the people in general. Following it should result in reduced cases of chronic ill health, help in maintaining a healthy weight and generally improve the quality of the lives of human beings in general. Why not adopt some aspects of this culture in your diet and see the change it brings to your health and the health of those you love?