Now when it comes to food, there’s really no debate about what’s important. Most everyone agrees that taste and flavor come first.
I’ve mentioned before the reason I went back to school in the first place was because I believe nutrition belongs in the kitchen and what I ended up learning is that healthy is a complex and nuanced construct. Most everyone agrees that healthy does not come first
So it really depends on you, your clients, your customers, or your family to decide what kind of healthy you want on that plate. There are some good guidelines. And there’s lots of buzz.
But ultimately it’s you who decides how much sugar or fat or salt. Or whether to go vegan or paleo or Mediterranean. Or whether to make half your plate vegetables or select only whole grains and have a piece of fruit for dessert.
Working through marketing buzz and food rules and labeling claims is not easy and requires knowledge and commitment. But after you cut through all that clutter, you are still there looking at the plate. So it’s your job to make judgements and manage tradeoffs.
Blogging here at Gourmet Metrics is about my quest to decide for myself what kind of healthy works best for me and for the folks who honor me with their presence at my table.
Working with clients to analyze recipes, review menus, and develop food labels is about using my culinary knowledge and analytic skill to assist others with nutrition messaging.