Why no food, not even kale, is ‘healthy’

Photo by Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post

A thought provoking view of the misunderstood but crucial difference between ‘healthy’ and ‘nutrition’ when making food choices.

Michael Ruhlman from The Washington Post argues until we have better information and clearer shared language defining our food, smart choices will be ever harder to make.

“ ‘Healthy’ is a bankrupt word,” Roxanne Sukol, preventive medicine specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, medical director of its Wellness Enterprise and a nutrition autodidact (“They didn’t teach us anything about nutrition in medical school”), told me as we strolled the aisles of a grocery store. “Our food isn’t healthy. We are healthy. Our food is nutritious. I’m all about the words. Words are the key to giving people the tools they need to figure out what to eat. Everyone’s so confused.”

According to Dictionary.com, Nutrition is the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth, liberation of energy, and replacement of tissues; its successive stages include digestion, absorption, assimilation, and excretion.

Healthy is a result!

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