Monday, February 23, 2009

Traditional Foods

What are traditional foods? Traditional foods are foods eaten by people over the longer course of civilization and which have supported health - those cultivated, produced, and harvested from the earth and out of nature - those foods which are wholly unaltered and organic, and contain the highest levels of nutrition or are nutrient-dense. These foods have been eaten for millennia by people around the world. They are not processed or packaged and sent all over the planet, so in many cases traditional foods are also those found in your local community.

Why eat traditional foods? The most critical reason is for health, as traditional foods by their very nature contain the highest levels of nutrition available. Another reason is for taste. Traditional foods are full of flavor, texture, and aroma. Eating traditional foods supports smaller family farms and food-producing operations. When you eat traditional foods, you are also helping the environment by using your dollars to support sustainable methods of food production.

What are the benefits of consuming traditional foods? There are many, but some of the most important ones are maintaining better health and avoiding allergies. Those who consume traditional foods have less allergies and intolerances to foods; they also have less issues with digestive and cardiovascular health and weight.

What types of foods are traditional foods? The following is a list of some traditional foods:
  • Sustainably-raised, grass-fed animal meats and poultry or game birds such as beef, lamb, venison, rabbit, pork, elk, chicken, turkey, cornish game hens
  • Sustainably-raised, organic eggs
  • Safe, wild-caught, deep sea fish and some seafoods
  • Organ meats produced from healthy, grass-fed animals and birds
  • Organic or sustainably-produced whole fruits and vegetables
  • Organic, whole, sprouted grains and legumes
  • Raw, sustainbly-produced dairy including milk, cheese, cream, butter, kefir, and yogurt
  • Raw nuts from sustainable sources
Eating traditionally means taking the time and effort to deliberately choose healthier foods to eat and avoiding processed, packaged foods which contribute to an overall decline in health. You can buy foods from others or hunt or raise and produce your own. With perseverance, research, and concern for health and the environment, you can change your eating habits from unhealthy to healthy by purchasing, growing, and eating traditional foods. For more information on traditional and slow foods, visit Cooking Traditional Foods and Slow Foods USA.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this tip. The more people discover the health benefits of eating foods prepared the way our ancestors prepared it, the less we'll destroy our limited resources by putting our money into the hands of giant agribusinesses.