And what is “Realfooding”? It is a lifestyle based on eating real food and avoiding ultra-processed foods. A movement created by Spanish dietician-nutritionist Carlos Ríos that defends the right to a healthy diet for the population. A revolution that fights with knowledge and awareness against the ‘dark side’ of the food industry.
Real food is all those minimally processed foods or whose industrial or artisanal processing has not worsened the quality of the composition or negatively interfered with their naturally occurring healthy properties. Specifically they are vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, tubers and roots, vegetables, whole grains, virgin oils, quality dairy products (non-dairy for plat-based), coffee, cocoa and infusions, herbs and spices. Also considered as real food is the “good processed” which are those with an industrial or artisanal processing beneficial or innocuous for the quality of the food with respect to its healthful properties. The “good processed” are the second-range foods (real foods in canned and semi-preserved), third range (real frozen / deep-frozen foods), fourth range (real foods packed in modified atmospheres), fifth range (real cooked food dishes and vacuum packed).
The movement “Realfooding” is also based on avoiding ultra-processed foods, which include: soft drinks, energy drinks, packaged juices, sugary milk, pastries, white bread, processed meats, commercial and pre-cooked pizzas, cookies, refined grains and bars , chips and snacks, sweets and ice cream, diet products and commercial sauces.
The pillars on which the movement “Realfooding” is based are:
Many vegan or vegetarian people think that only with avoiding foods of animal origin they are having a healthy diet, but they are totally wrong, just being vegan or vegetarian does not mean to lead a healthy lifestyle. I see a lot of vegan and vegetarian people eating a huge amount of ultra-processed products, many vegan and vegetarian products that are sold in the supermarkets are far away from healthy. Do not buy for example those sauces to give your veggies an extra touch, avoid all the sugar inside them and create your own homemade sauces! Also, take a better look at the ingredients of some of those pre-made vegan burgers. And, most importantly, do not be fooled by those labels that try to sell you supposedly healthy products!