Fast Natural Food
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Conceptually, here is nothing inherently wrong with so called 'fast
food'. Existing 'fast foods' can use different processes, different
and additional ingredients to re-create an urban version of natural food.
Food technologists have the techniques to deliver 'just in time' fresh
natural fast food, and if they turned their attention to presenting whole
foods in a way that met wide consumer 'mouth feel' and taste acceptance,
then 'fast and natural' could become the dominant choice for an educated
Excess calories and 'empty' calories eaten day in, day out
is a big part of the problem. Choosing mineral waters over sugared, flavored,
carbonated water may not be as attractive, especially for children, but
we are the adults in charge of our kids health. Educating children is the
key. But occasional 'blow outs' on empty calories certainly won't do significant
harm. As long as they are in reality occasional.
Meat patties made from grass fed beef are healthful. With the addition
of protective anthocyanin laden dark cherries, even more so. With the use
of fresh anti-oxidant laden 'spray free' rosemary herb, Rosmarinus officianalis,
even more so again. Add beet, add more healthful anthocyanins. Add very
dark leaf lettuce. Choose natural fats such as beef tallow or butter, or
a smear of olive oil, over industrial trans fatty acids. Fortify the buns
to replace missing nutrients. Add whole seed meals to the flour. Add antioxidants
to the flour.
Healthful natural food burger? No problem.
NZ 1998-sales are down 13%
Potatoes are a very healthy and nutritious tuber. Deep fried potatoes as
one interesting way of preparation as PART of a varied diet is healthful
in my opinion SO LONG as a natural, cold pressed, predominantely monosaturated
or saturated oil is used (e.g. canola oil). And so long as the temperature
is correct - not so high the oil is damaged, but hot enough to cook the
french fries quickly, which prevents the oil or fat soaking in. Oils and
fats are damaged to a degree by constant re-heating, so use oil for deep
frying once only. Additional health building anti - oxidation factors can
be built in by sprinkling with herbs such as rosemary, or adding garlic.
Healthful natural french fries/chips? No problem. Expensive, but.
Fish and chips
The arguments relating to cooking chips also relates to cooking battered
fish. Fresh natural oil, used once, right temperature. The flour batter
can again be fortified, with anti oxidants added. Fish, of course, is the
food supreme. It is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are
almost always in insufficient supply for the Westerns industrial diet's
demands. The other important elements are not to cook the fish too long
(which may possibly damage the omega-3 fats), and to avoid 'top of the
food chain' fish such as shark. Shark ('dogfish') is a superb tasting fish,
moist, succulent, and bone free, but it has a relatively high mercury content
due to the pollution we choose to put in our oceans.
Healthful fish and chips? Yes, superb natural food, but expensive.
Meat pies can use scrappy low value trimmings, including some cartilaginous
parts. These may be especially valuable in helping maintain the bodies
articulating joints. Some people have suggested that a part of the reason
that arthritis is increasing is that we no longer eat slow cooked stews
which include bones and their cartilaginous tissues. Pie fillings are in
effect 'casseroles' or 'stews'. There is no reason they can't be specifically
made to include antioxidant containing carrots, onions, leafy green vegetables;
there is no reason they can't be 'super charged' with calcium from laboratory
tested natural dolomites, and then be baked with a crust made from natural
fats - such as butter or beef tallow - and vitamin fortified flours.
Pies lend themselves very well to fast natural food. Iron deficiency
in young women in the West is suprisingly common. With the right consistancy
of filling (so it doesn't spill on your dress), and careful attention to
'value adding' it's nutritional content, the pie could become the ultimate
mobile fast natural food, a meal in a pastry case. Perfectly suited to
browsing and 'eating on the run'.
Healthful natural pies? Very definitely.
NZ 1998-sales up 7%. Total consumed-20 million.