Throughout the month of April, I am going to be using the A-Z blogging challenge to update the seven deadly sins with my suggested twenty six more modern versions. It would seem that to sin is not a modern invention though these days there are so many more ways to be inventive.
Q is for Quinoa. Tiny, bead-shaped grain, a complete protein and fantastic wheat-free alternative with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture. For a few years I have pronounced it like kwinoah but I am told by those in the know that it is pronounced more like kinoir. Not only is the food pretentious but so is its pronunciation. These days food isn’t good enough. You need to eat superfoods, those which have transformative qualities and can improve your health and physique.
The food industry wants to persuade us that eating some foods can slow down the ageing process, lift depression, boost our physical ability, and even our intelligence. There is little, if any evidence however, that eating any specific food group will achieve these aims and dietitians now avoid the term superfood and prefer to talk of super diets instead. Here the emphasis is on a healthy, balanced diet, rich in fruit and vegetables and wholegrain foods.
Eggs, kale, kefir, almonds, salmon (only from Alaska!), avocado, coconut oil, whey protein, grass-fed butter and green vegetable juice are all suggested as superfoods. Organic of course. Purple foods are also supposed to have such superpowers.
It is just a cynical ploy to get us to pay more for our food. Quinoa would fit nicely into a super diet.
You can even buy drinks that claim to hydrate the body quicker than water. The word hydrate however means to contain water and so I can’t work that out. I am either too stupid oo not gullible enough. Superfoods are a first world problem.
Thou shalt not eat pretentious foods.