By: Jackie | October 10, 2016
I moved to Israel about ten years ago, and every time I come back to the United States I am fascinated by the food scene. There are always some new fad diets, carbs are okay but fat is not – oh wait, no – fat is good, carbs are bad or was it that calories are bad? Looking through the aisles at the grocery store it’s hard to know what is “good” for you and what is “bad” for you.
During this last trip, I was demo-ing at a local supermarket and I was offering a woman a sample of tahini. She asked if she could look at the nutritional label and I said of course. Her eyes got bigger as she said to me, “Whoa, that’s a lot of calories!” This wasn’t the first time I heard someone say something along those lines.
While I was driving back from the demo I kept thinking to myself what should I have said to her? Yes, tahini is high in calories, but they are “good” calories. Nah, that wouldn’t mean anything to her…
Then I remembered an article I read in theWashington Post
entitled, “No Food Is Healthy. Not Even Kale.”
It talks about the difference between the words ‘healthy’ and ‘nutritious’- we, as human beings, are healthy (or not) and food is nutritious (or not).
This article really resinated with me especially as it relates to tahini. Tahini is nutritious – it is packed with vitamins, minerals, omega 3s and 6s, and protein! We need to stop worrying about how many calories are in food and start looking to see if the calories we are putting into our bodies are nutritious or not.
As Hippocrates said all those years ago, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Jackie, aka the Heart