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Is foodie culture destroying our ability to eat simply?

Changing eating habits

Nowadays we all tend to turn or meals into sheer cultural experiences. This is to say, we have let ourselves so much influenced by whatever is being posted on social media, that we no longer care about the amount of wasted food, as long as the food we consume looks in a certain way.

However, besides the waste that is being produced, there is also the issue of our diet that should be our main concern, as not always the food we see online is good for us.

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Whether it’s the ‘food porn’ pics on Instagram or the way food is packaged or marketed, the foodie frenzy shows no sign of stopping.

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Origin of "The Foodie"

The term ‘foodie’ was coined in 1980 in a New York Magazine article. New Age Boomers understood and made it acceptable to pay attention to what is eaten, and how it is eaten.

The ‘90s and the ‘00s, saw this term becoming increasingly common, and is applied to anyone with an interest in eating or showcasing food.

Food is Big Business

Farmer markets have increased exponentially over the last two decades, while food trucks, those ‘exotic/organic/delicious meals on wheels’, had combined revenue of USD 1.2 billion in 2012.

Cooking shows are huge and wide-ranging, while social media accounts of certain food photographers, or foodtographers, have followers in the count of millions. Dedicated food imagery websites are doing well, making food photography rival even the selfie craze.

'Clean eating' is the most widely followed diet
'Clean eating' is the most widely followed diet

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Clean eating mindset

Clean eating is about choosing whole foods and ingredients, products that are minimally processed, and as additive-free as possible. It is not a punishing mindset, but a prioritising one:

  • Whole foods and ingredients first.
  • Minimally processed foods made with whole and familiar ingredients.
  • Where possible, avoid synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives, as well as artificial sweeteners, flavours, and colours.

The practice also promotes home-cooking and developing a culture of food that leads to meals that taste great and are better for you.

What clean eating is not
  • It's not a hard science. It is a conceptual framework to help navigate the vast food choices available.
  • Exclusive and judgmental. It's not an all-or-nothing approach, nor a tool by which to measure someone's value.
  • Versus "dirty." Clean eating can only be contrasted with "messy," where western diets are complicated and confusing.
  • Inflexible. It is an inclusionary approach that you can adapt, whether you are vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, or simply choose not to eat certain foods.
  • Only about avoiding processed foods or chemicals. It is about moving toward quality and making the healthiest choice.
The art of eating
The art of eating

... is a question of psychology as much as nutrition. We have to find a way to want to eat what’s good for us.

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Food preferences are learned

All the foods that you regularly eat are ones that you learned to eat.  Everyone starts life drinking milk. After that, it’s all up for grabs. 

But in today’s food culture, many people seem to have acquired uncannily homogenous tastes: food companies push foods high in sugar, fat and salt, which means we are innately incapable of resisting them but that the more frequently we eat them, especially in childhood, the more they train us to expect all food to taste this way.

0.3% of young women are anorexic

... and another 1% are bulimic, with rising numbers of men joining them.

What statistics are not particularly effective at telling us is how many others – whether overweight or underweight – are in a perpetual state of anxiety about what they consume, living in fear of carbs or fat grams and unable to derive straightforward enjoyment from meals.