No, it is not true that all people who live in the South know how to spot authentic soul food.
It’s not even true that all Southerners do.
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Soul food as fuel
No, it’s not true, necessarily, that soul food is healthy, but there are reasons that it’s prepared the way it is.
Back in the day when we worked on the land and a whole lot harder than most of us do now, the food we ate had to sustain us through long hours of physical labor.
To work a farm for instance, especially during sowing and at harvest, the body needs four things to maintain energy and endurance – salt, fat, carbs and cholesterol.
By most modern nutritional standards, old-school soul food looks like a death sentence – meat cooked in and with a goodly amount of fat, vegetables cooked in same and mega-carbs from potatoes, wheat flour and corn meal.
Calories and more calories from protein and fat plus bucket loads of carbs helps build muscle and cardiac strength for lifting heavy loads while carbs and cholesterol keep dense muscle and other organs from starving during strenuous work.
By the end of a long day in the fields, the body has used up most of the bad stuff in the food as fuel.
Soul food as comfort food
Nowadays soul food is comfort food.
The fat and carbs make us feel all warm and fuzzy and remind of us our favorite meals from childhood.
Unfortunately comfort foods – and not just soul food – also account for much heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes in people who still eat like they’re farmhands.
Modern interpretations of soul food use fewer fats and less salt and are lighter in carbohydrates because of the invention of pasta products, meals and flours with lower glycemic indexes.
In fact, when new soul food is done right, you don’t even have to know that you’re eating healthier.
Isn’t that a comfort.
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