October 3, 2017 6:53 am Leave your thoughts
What’s beige food? It’s a relatively new term, coined to describe meals in which the overall colour is, well, beige! It includes the sort of foods that are commonly fed to children – often the only things actually on offer when you eat out with kids. ‘Beige food’ covers things like chips, potato waffles and other reconstituted potato shapes; chicken and fish shapes (the full range, from simple circles, up to rather advanced representations of sea-life); poor-quality sausages, burgers and pizzas; and white carbohydrates like bread and pasta.
Adults can eat a beige diet too, and many do. They might not tuck into a reconstituted whale-shape in a bread roll, but white pasta, pasties, pies and pastries are all pretty much this colour too.
What’s wrong with beige food?
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of beige: after all, potatoes fall into that category, and they’re great for you, so long as you eat them in their natural form. Rice isn’t far off beige either – and pearl quinoa (that renowned superfood) comes out the same colour.
But nobody’s really talking about rice and quinoa when they get stuck into beige food. It’s the poor-quality breaded meat and fish, reconstituted potatoes and refined carbohydrates that cause the issues. These are high in salt (or sugar), low in fibre and depleted of most of their nutrients. They appeal to children’s taste-buds, but they don’t do much for their health.
Eat a rainbow
The best nutritional advice specifies that we should try to eat as many different colours as possible. That’s because the colours of (natural, undyed) food reflect its unique nutritional make-up. A strawberry isn’t the same as a green grape, which isn’t the same as a banana. Carrots are great – but we also need aubergines and broccoli. The same is true for the dried goods we sell at Naturally Good Food. As well as white and brown rice, we sell black and red rice. In addition to beige haricot beans, we’ve got red kidney beans, split green and yellow peas, orange, brown, green and black lentils.
Of course, ‘eating a rainbow’ is an idea that really should appeal to children. After all, no toddler or young child wants to be dressed entirely in beige – as you can see if you give them free run of a dressing-up box or wardrobe. Left to their own devices, an eight-year-old might well choose to wear a bright yellow duck hat, green frog trousers, rainbow wellies and a fluorescent pink top: and the same child would be likely to be drawn to bright, attractive foods.
Are you moving away from beige and looking for ideas? The best plan is probably to browse our wholefoods section, with all its dried fruit, nuts and seeds, grains, rices and pulses. We can help you eat a beautiful, nutritious rainbow diet!
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This post was written by Yzanne