It's Friday afternoon, so let's have a discussion! To be specific, on health and diet. The Kitchn has never been a health and diet blog, although we do host a lot of discussions on specific styles and preferences of diet, and we try to offer helpful resources like recipes and tips that are useful to various groups in our (diverse) audience. Vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, low-sodium — you name it, we've done a little bit of it.
But we're curious what else you'd like to talk about on the topic of food and health. They're inextricably linked, of course, and we're always trying to walk a good line here. There are a few things we'll never do:
- Espouse one particular style of diet (our audience is too diverse for that). We genuinely don't think that there's ONE way to "eat right" or even that "eating right" is a good phrase or way to approach health and food.
- Ignore one particular style of diet as not cool or not worth talking about (again, our audience is diverse, and we recognize everyone makes choices about what works for them).
- Ever use the phrase "clean eating." (Here's why.)
- Take health experts and health science at face value, uncritically. There are so many different conflicting sets of advice; we're very careful about suddenly trumpeting "superfoods" (unless it's totally tongue-in-cheek) or jumping on the latest bandwagon.
That last point is why you won't find a lot of health and diet content on The Kitchn right now. Nutrition is such a loaded topic, and so difficult to sort your way through, we've stayed safely away most of the time and just focused on all the other aspects of cooking at home and making your kitchen a lovely place to be.
But of course health, diet, and how food makes your body feel are just so closely linked to home cooking. As someone who, for most of her life, has been totally whiplashed by confusion about how to be happy in her body, comfortable with her weight, and lose it when desired, I can say that food is fraught for me on levels that we don't really talk about much at The Kitchn.
We've been discussing bringing more health and diet content to the site, partly because Anjali, one of our editors, is currently finishing up a masters in nutrition and has more tools than the rest of us to bring high-quality and thoughtful writing on the topic. (Watch for new writing from her this fall, after her maternity leave!)
So we're throwing it out to you — what would you like to see? We know that if you are living with a particular sort of diet you're of course interested in more resources on that topic (we hear you, low-sodium folks!).
But beyond questions of specific diets, what would you like to learn? What should we all try to learn together?
Here are a few past posts, too, on some of these topics:
(Image credits: Leela Cyd)