Recently I read an article by Allan Nation on the merits of tasty flavor in food.
Basically, the take away is this: The better it tastes, the better it is for you.
Oh Yeah?! What about Doritos and donuts?!
Let me explain the variables affecting the above statement.
Common Additives in Food
These days, we are exposed to vast quantities of bland foods that really are not appealing. Producers solve this issue be adding flavors.
Natural and artificial flavors are common ingredients and can be a mixture of 50 to 100 different flavor enhancing chemicals.
The other ingredient commonly used to improve taste is a sweetener. I have read somewhere in my life that sugar is 10 times more addictive than cocaine.
Our bodies become addicted and accustomed to both the flavors and sweeteners. This throws off our ability to taste and appreciate what is good and wholesome for us.
The Good News
There is food in the world that actually tastes good without adding anything.
Brining, to add moisture and flavor to a pork chop, isn't necessary when the pig got to dig in the dirt and eat anything it wanted in the pasture.
You don't have to cover my chicken in BBQ sauce to make the meat taste wonderful.
My turkey has moist flavorful meat if you just throw it in the oven, roast it to 165 degrees, and add a little salt.
To taste for yourself the quality in a pasture raised chicken, Email Me and make your order for my spring batch!
The better it tastes, the better it is for you.
When all additives are not added, how does the meat you eat taste? If it's tender, juicy, and flavorful, then I would generally guess that it's good and healthy.