What foods are really 'good' and ‘bad’ for us?

We hear the phrase 'good' and 'bad' food all the time, but what does it actually mean when we really look into it?

I get asked a lot 'what good food should I eat?' and 'how bad is this type of food for me?', and the truth is it’s not that black and white which can be confusing. Food and how it works with our bodies is very complex and still not fully understood. There are lots of scientists working really hard everyday to help us understand it more and we do learn new information all the time. 

So what type of food is 'bad' for us? In short and despite the majority of headlines there is no one food that is 'bad' or ‘unhealthy’ for us when eaten in moderation nor is there any type of food that needs be completely avoided (unless you are advised by a dietician or doctor due to medical reasons). It boils down to the quantity and frequency of which you eat food, and this goes for any food not just the nutrient dense variety. As I mentioned before, all food, if eaten in excess, can be unhealthy and aid weight gain. Yes, even kale and avocados! There is no food that doesn’t hold some nutritional value. Let’s take pizza (a food that I’m always asked about) as an example. Eating a thin crust pizza with salad is a pretty balanced meal. There are carbohydrates (in the base), vegetables and fibre (tomato sauce and any veggie toppings) and protein in the cheese and/or meat added. Not to mention it tasting great and it being good for the soul!

So my advice is this: 

  • There is no such thing as bad food so let’s try and stop catagorising certain foods as as this (try this for a week and see just how hard it is!). 
  • There is no need to remove any type of food from your diet just aim for moderation.
  • For the majority of the time eat nutrient dense foods / whole foods but also eat the foods that aren’t so much if that’s the food you love. Life is too short to restrict yourself and completely cut things out that make you happy. Just try to have a reasonable balance of food so you can honour your overall health (mind and body!). 
  • Remember that food is just one aspect when it comes to healthy living. Exercise, drinking fluids, sleep and managing stress levels also need to be considered. 

If you have any questions about this post, food or healthy eating in general please feel free to get in touch, I'm always happy to help. 

Ailsa