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The Food Dude: The Superfood Dude

Canada's Food Guide
Canada's Food Guide

This writer does his best to be a rational, skeptical and scientific human being.

I don’t believe in ghosts, psychics or little green men in Area 51. I tend to hold the position that science and rationality can answer every mystery in existence given enough time.

As a chef, the things that particularly toss my roach are when people start throwing nonsense around about food.

People such as The Food Babe (no relation), David Avocado Wolf and a few others are nefarious for spouting some sort of nutrition-based quackery to the masses. The bigwigs in this multimillion dollar misinformation industry unfortunately have their own “army” of followers frothing at the mouth above their keyboards trolling against any sort of skeptic inquiry about their radical food claims with alarming fervor.

My distaste for these creatures noted, you’d be surprised to know that I was once one of them, and yes, it physically hurt to type that just now.

Specifically, I was obsessed with this brand-new concept called “superfoods” which so-called experts claimed had borderline alchemic qualities that could boost energy, help you live longer and could even enhance your ‘romantic’ life depending on the type of food you used.

Because many of them had exotic-sounding names, I was quick to believe it.

It didn’t take me ages put on my gloves of self-righteous virtue-signaling and, with ever superfood I could find in St. John’s, invent a few recipes … my favourite among them being this one:

Superfood Salad

- ½ package lean bacon, diced

- 1 head kale

- 1 deck of nori (seaweed), shredded

- 1 ½ cups slivered almonds

- 2 cups cranberries

- 2 heads iceberg lettuce

- 1 ½ cups cottage cheese

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- 2 tsp pink sea salt

- ½ cup ricotta cheese

Directions

- In a medium pan, fry diced bacon on medium high until firm, discard roughly half the grease.

- On medium heat, sweat your kale for two minutes with your bacon and set aside.

- After washing lettuce, dice into large chunks and discard the heart and brown areas.

- Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss thoroughly until salad is creamy and appears uniform.

- Chill and serve.

Through many cringe-worthy online debates I begrudgingly learned there is no such thing as superfoods.

The phenomenon proved to be little more than a buzzword generated to market some less mainstream foods that were a potential new cash crop in the west.

They’re really no more abundant in vitamins and minerals than many other foods that are common here and throughout Canada and Canada’s Food Guide remains a solid example of getting the most nutritional benefit from our diet.

Despite these viral trends that change as often as the tides, and certainly don’t do a lot of the wonders that people claim, they still persist seemingly through the sheer force of human stubbornness.

A teacher of mine once said that becoming right after a bruised ego is far better than remaining wrong with a false sense of pride.

No matter what side of these debates you’re on or whether you have a stance at all… this is an incredibly tasty salad.

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