Voices 02/08/2010

Soul foods VS healthy foods

The traditional American cuisine against the new style, the healthy diet.
Soul foods are typically associated with African-Americans of the southern United States.
Healthy foods with different kinds of diets.

Soul food is traditionally high in fat and calories, qualities once necessary for sustaining the grueling life of a slave.
Healthy food i slow caloric and low fat, with a lot of vegetables, for modern life and jobs.

How to save traditions of soul cuisine and protect health of American people.
This is the new challenge non only for diet experts but also for industry, who looks new giant potential business.

Traditional soul food recipes continue to have a reputation as a health concern for many African Americans. This is especially true if your family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes or strokes.

An important aspect of the preparation of soul food was the reuse of cooking lard. Because many cooks were too poor to throw out shortening that had already been used, they would pour the cooled liquid grease into a container. After cooling completely, the grease re-solidified and could be used again the next time the cook required lard.

Now more African Americans have started taking personal responsibility for their health care now more than ever, and that includes diet.

So the food industry is preparing the list of positive soul foods, also if with changes in cooking and preparation habits.

Certain staples of a soul food diet have pronounced health benefits. Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, B6, and C, manganese, iron, calcium, folic acid, fiber and small amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. They also contain a number of phytonutrients which are thought to play a role in the prevention of ovarian and breast cancer. Peas, rice, and legumes are excellent, inexpensive sources of protein which also contain important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene and trace minerals, and have come to be classified as an "anti-diabetic" food. Recent animal studies have shown that sweet potatoes can stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance.

To meet this growing demand for tastier food without the health hazards, the food industry can promote these qualities of soul cuisine and so re-discover traditions and a news business: the soul healthy food..

di Alberto Grimelli