Does ‘foodiest’ come with a side of snobbery?

This editorial is an opinion publication for the Daily Camera published on 11 July 2013

  Boulder’s communal pulse beats a bit quicker with each announcement of a new, health-oriented food establishment. We’re surrounded by some of the tastiest food in the world, as many of the best, new ideas for health foods are cooked up right here in our own backyard. We’re a hot spot for innovative, cutting-edge food products, and the range of excellent eating choices available has led to Boulder’s being named Bon Appétit Magazine’s 2010 “Foodiest Town in America.”


But this good fortune is not without its drawbacks. The subject of eating comes laden with psychological baggage, including obsessions, anorexia, obesity, and in Boulder’s case, a touch of food snobbery. Our aspiration to come in first in the competition to be the healthiest eaters in the world can make us “unhealthily uptight about healthy food.” This obsession with health food can skew our good sense toward the obnoxious, as can be seen in rude, sweeping comments about fast food.


The truth is that occasionally eating fast food ( “quickly served” is the new terminology) isn’t harmful. Many nutritionists say it’s OK, as long as healthy items are chosen. From a truly bad diet consisting mostly of fats and simple sugars to a diet that is 100 percent organic and contains not a single wasted calorie, there’s a lot of room for good choices at fast-food restaurants. Healthy eating does not have to be synonymous with expensive restaurants that have nutritionally themed names.


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