Why Yummy is Important

May 22, 2010 in Doctor Grandmas by Webmaster

People eat foods, not nutrients. Yes, there are nutrients in foods, but if the food doesn’t taste good, people will probably not choose to have the food very often. Thousands of nutrients come in each food item; they may be various fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients (plant nutrients). The nutrients in foods come in relatively small amounts; which is good, because in large amounts the nutrients may be dangerous. Just about every day, new information is discovered telling us how a certain nutrient supports a certain action within our bodies. Many persons take the information as a prescription to run to the pharmacy or health food store and buy that supplement.

Dr. Grandma’s suggests that we look at nutrition a little differently. When a nutrient is discovered to have a beneficial property, we should:

  1. Learn which foods supply that nutrient.
  2. Think about the foods that we and our families enjoy that supply that nutrient.
  3. Consider if there are ways that we can include or increase the foods that supply that nutrient in our diet, if we are not including it or are consuming insufficient amounts.

For example, many people have been reading and hearing reports about the benefits of the nutrients in whole grains (not just the fiber, but the vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids and phytonutrients). Maybe some people consider their diets and discover that almost all of the grain products that they consume (breads, cereals, cookies, cakes, muffins, pancakes, and so on), are not whole grain. The challenge then becomes, not to run to the pharmacy or health food store, but to find the nutrients in whole grains. The challenge is to find ways to introduce more whole grains into the diet.

One of the goals of Dr. Grandma’s is to assist in achieving that objective. Dr. Grandma’s strives to provide easy ways to support those who want to include more whole grains in their diet. Not everyone has the time, or the interest to mill their own grain in order to provide a fresh whole grain product for themselves or their family.

People enjoy eating good-tasting familiar foods. The challenge is often to discover options that will provide the nutrients that will contribute to optimal health. Many people discover that once they begin consuming delicious whole foods, they learn that they truly prefer the healthy versions.