As a nutritionist and unrepentant foodie, I am often asked whether a particular food is “good” or “bad.” Frequent queries involve the Pros and Cons of chocolate, coffee, dairy, meat, and carbohydrate-rich foods, such as grains and potatoes. Essentially, anything that people can't imagine a fulfilling culinary experience without.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view, there is no such thing as an absolutely definitive "good” food or "bad” food. Since we are all unique individuals, we must ask ourselves these vital questions:
Who is eating the food?
How much are they eating?
How frequently are they consuming it?
Under what conditions are they consuming it (e.g. season, climate, emotional state, etc.)?
TCM theory asserts that foods have particular values, qualities, actions, and energies. Whether or not they are good for us is dependent on the answers to the aforementioned questions. To quote a famous Chinese proverb, "Illnesses may be the same, but the persons suffering from...