When discussing food, diets, and fads, sometimes it’s easy to get lost among the conflicting rumors about the importance of quality food. Health isn’t just about counting calories. It’s about ensuring that what you put in your body improves your overall health and satisfies more than just your hunger. Quality food does just that by providing the nutrients and vitamins that you need.
The value behind quality food is not necessarily reflected in its price. It is seen in the hidden benefits found in the food you’re consuming.
What Is “Quality Food”?
Technically, food quality refers to the characteristics of the food intended for our consumption. External indicators of quality include color, texture, and overall appearance. On the inside–and even at a nutritional level–quality foods possess the microbial and nutritional characteristics needed for a balanced diet.
Quality food is only partially concerned with preparation. The real “good stuff” has been carefully planted, grown, harvested, presented, and prepared to maintain a high level of quality and avoid contaminants and things that would be harmful if consumed. Nutrition and food quality has a huge impact on overall health.
Quality food is often locally sourced or organic and avoids highly processed additives and preservatives.
What Are The Benefits Of Eating Quality Food?
Quality food is packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed to keep a body functioning at peak capacity. Eating clean and avoiding processed and refined foods can drastically improve your quality of life.
Quality foods have been shown to boost immunity and stave off sickness. The micronutrients found in fresh, high-quality foods (vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, as well as iron, zinc, copper, and selenium) help keep your body capable of fending off sicknesses. Additionally, quality food–especially meats free from hormones–helps to keep the endocrine system regulated.
Essentially, quality foods improve your quality of life and keep you healthy. This adds value in a two-fold way. First, it improves the essence of your day-to-day life and makes your experience of living richer. Second, it reduces the amount of money spent on medications, supplements, or doctor’s visits.
At West End Fresh Salads, we believe that quality food is important–not just for its value, but because it tastes better. We use high-quality ingredients to craft our signature chicken salads and pimento cheeses that are sure to satisfy.