All natural, superfood, probiotic. antioxidant, organic and holistic are just some of the buzz words filling our dietary vocabularies. Now, arguably more than ever, diners are more educated and have greater expectations of healthy options when it comes to their dining.
Do you ever find yourself craving healthy, but you are not sure where to begin?
Let’s look at some of the terms which diners consider when finding that healthy menu.
Holistic food includes such things as vegetable, fish, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and whole grains that are unprocessed. This does not necessarily mean raw food, but it would be food which does not contain any additives or artificial ingredients.
All natural food typically does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives, and food is only minimally processed. However, there are no enforceable standards about what foods can be termed natural, so what fits into this category is not quite as straightforward as we would like to think.
Superfoods are great for marketing, and there is a lot of hype surrounding them – whether it be goji or acai berries, kiwifruit or perhaps linseed. Whilst there is no legal definition for superfoods, they are foods which have a higher concentration of nutrients and antioxidants than many other foods.
Probiotics are essentially healthy gut bacteria, which are believed to impact our well-being. These bacteria have a role to play in our immune system, our moods, weight, as well as physical and mental health. Whilst there is a lot of debate about the actual health benefits of many of the fermented foods listed in probiotic selections, eating natural probiotics like kim chi or yoghurt are really good for us.
Low Carb is a meal which is low in carbohydrates, restricting the intake of sugary foods and starches, such as pasta and bread. The emphasis is more towards real foods, including protein, natural fats and vegetables. Whilst carbohydrates provide essential nutrients, low carb meals are considered by many to be a good choice when pursuing weight loss.
Organic refers to the way in which products are grown. Organic food is generally grown and processed without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. Many people suggest organic food tastes better as well, but you decide.
Do you find yourself craving healthy? At Sage Cafe Restaurant we have a great range of healthy meals made with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and fish. What’s more, they taste great. Join us for lunch or dinner – Contact us to make a reservation.