Our Choices In The Food we eat today have never been greater. Contributing to this wide variety available for our menu planning is modern day food processing and preservation. Herein lurks the problem . . . processed food has the staying power to feed the world at large, but also has the potential to become nutrition free! Every fisherman and Boy Scout has had some kind of relationship with Velveeta Cheese and Vienna Sausage, but in my humble opinion these two processed mystery “foods” are pretty much outside the Food Pyramid
It Is Not Fresh News that the standard American diet is not health supportive. For all least four decades, we have been listening to the medical community’s advice about the quality and quantity of fat and fiber in our diets, and the increased incidence of heart disease, diabetes (particularly Type II, adult onset), cancer, and obesity among our population. As a result, many people have shifted their dietary intakes toward a plant-based diet which is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, just to name a few nutrients. We have improved our diets “in layers,” meaning that the initial shift for some people is toward a plant-based diet. Subsequent layers or shifts include incorporating more organic produce and free-range poultry and meats, and what we call “superfoods.”
Superfoods Are Called such because they are foods that are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals. Blue-green algaes (e.g., chlorella and spirulina), seaweeds (e.g., kelp and dulse), bee pollen, and raw honey are examples of superfoods because of their extraordinarily generous contents of beneficial nutrients. The most recent layer of awareness that has resulted in a shift in dietary improvement is the knowledge that certain foods contain highly beneficial, therapeutic enzymes. Many of us are returning to a way of eating that incorporates The ways of traditional or native peoples.
Not Only Are our healthy choices minimally processed (considered “whole foods”) and grown or raised organically, but equally importantly, many are vital, rich in, and alive with enzymes. In short, they are “live foods.” Even though a traditional society/culture might not know what an enzyme is and how it works, these people benefit from eating foods that are rich in enzymes. Their low incidence of modern food diseases and their longevity are the result of eating health-supportive diets. Lower stress levels as compared to those of people living in the modern world are a factor we can’t ignore as well.
So Where Am I headed with this? I am convinced that two of my favorite foods are also at the top of the list of Nature’s Perfect Foods. Raw Honey and Sushi, particularly Sashimi, are simply beautiful nutrition. Now don’t get the idea that I am suggesting that these gastronomic delights bee served together . . . although I am sure someone has done it, if even on a dare. The closest that a reasonable health conscious gourmet ought to get to having both perfect foods at the same meal is drizzling some Raw Honey into a cup of hot, green tea after a black lacquered tray of Tazuna Sushi (Rainbow Roll), Sake Nigiri, Tekka Maki, Maguro Temaki with Tobiko and Diakon Sprouts, and “rose buds” of pink, red and white Sashimi. Honest to goodness Sushi, artfully prepared, it a complete nutrition for mind, body and soul. Raw Honey is also a nutritional wellspring of goodness to be sought after and savour ed! How fortunate I am to at least be able to produce 20 gallons a year of one of these two perfect foods.
Consider The Benefits of Sushi, and then compare to the awesome properties of raw honey. First the rice . . . a healthy replacement for bread in Japan. Sushi Rice is harvested and cleaned, but not processed or “converted” like Uncle Ben’s. It is an excellent source of carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. The many kinds of raw fish used in Sushi and Sashimi are near perfect carvings of protein, and contain all amino acids. It contains “good fat” (OMEGA-3 in particular which contributes to the reduction of cholesterol in the cardiovascular system. It also contains vitamins A, B, D, iodine, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Nori, or toasted seaweed, is also harvested as a crop, shredded, pressed and toasted . . . but not “processed” in the modern day sense. It is high in iodine, fiber, vitamins A and B, calcium, magnesium and proteins as well as low in calories.
Now Review Raw Honey and its rare and wonderful nutritional properties. Honey contains Vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, and K, beta-carotene, minerals, and enzymes. The stronger and darker the honey, the richer the mineral content. Honey acts as a natural Antibiotic while promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria. Honey promotes the mobility of joint tissue. Honey is a natural Antioxidant source: “drinking a mixture of four tablespoons of honey per 16 ounces of water increased the antioxidant levels in the blood.”
Honey Is A Quick source Energy – fructose and glucose are absorbed directly into the blood. The sugars in honey are completely digestible! Honey provides greater Endurance: “one of the most effective forms of carbohydrate to ingest just prior to exercise.” Honey does not cause cavities like sugar. Honey is sweeter than sugar. Substitute in recipes for added vitamins and minerals! Use honey instead of sugar in baking, use as a glaze or marinade in vegetable and meat dishes, or just stir into your favorite beverage or on toast or muffins for a healthy and tasty treat!
And The Best part is that Raw Honey is much less expensive that a binge at the local Sushi Bar. I have run up a $100 tuna tab like it was a flag up a pole . . . ouch!! Raw honey is about $.20 a serving. Bee good to yourself and don’t forget your Honey!