interest from our past we used to call
"old-fashioned." Today they are "retro."
And in the field of nutrition, some ideas from the past are
worth taking with us into the future.
example, the Campbell Soup Co. has resurrected a 101-year-old
recipe for tomato soup that it plans to distribute on a
limited basis, according to an article in Fortune magazine.
return to the old way of doing things in some way mirrors the
challenges we see in the food and beverage industry today, as
consumers demand cleaner and leaner foods with fewer
artificial ingredients and colors," says a spokesperson
for the company.
shouldn’t emulate everything from the past, however. One
major change Campbell made in reviving this retro soup from
1915: significantly cutting the amount of salt from the
recipes from the past are also high in sugar which is frowned
upon by current dietary guidelines. Yet a recent review of
over 20 years of research on sugar and health questions
whether sugar is absolutely bad for everyone. A person’s
lifestyle and overall diet — sitting at a desk gulping down
M&M’s and a soda for lunch versus working on a farm and
having a slice of cake for dessert — are big determinants of
how sugar affects one’s health, according to these
scientists are also looking at old calories in new ways,
according to a recent study in the journal of Food and
Function. In looking at how various forms of almonds are
processed in the body for energy, researchers from USDA’s
Agricultural Research Service reported that whole natural
almonds, whole roasted almonds and chopped almonds provide up
to 25 percent fewer calories than previously believed. It’s
the form in which they are consumed that affects their calorie
content, these experts determined.
study, almond butter provided more calories (energy) than the
same weight of chopped almonds. And the amount of calories
absorbed from whole roasted almonds was more than the calories
from whole natural almonds. (Roasting nuts makes them more
easily digested, contributing more calories, these researchers
the changes ahead in nutrition and life in general, one retro
concept that, I predict, will never go out of style is
moderation. Too much of anything is never good for us, my
grandfather used to say.
alcohol or sugar or you name it — too much can cause us
harm. And I doubt new research will ever find that slamming
down more than one or two alcoholic drinks in a day or
subsisting on sodas and candy bars will result in anything
more than poor health results.
ideas will never be old-fashioned.