ersatz

Being a usually inferior imitation or substitute; artificial.

Not genuine; fake.

Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.

I use this word to indicate a food product that is made by industry to resemble a food that is not the food it is made from, such as “plant-based seafood” that is plant foods combined in such a way to make you have the experience of eating seafood, even though you are not.


wholefood

wholefood: a food as it exists in nature, without any industrial processing.

After eating very few carbohydrates for almost two decades, when I was able to eat carbs again, I rushed to Whole Foods to buy all kinds of food products made from these so-called “whole food” carbs, such as whole wheat bread and crackers and pasta, and pasta and crackers made with beans. At the same time I was also eating whole grain brown rice.

It did not take long for me to see that when I ate whole brown rice and whole beans that I cooked myself at home from the whole grains and whole beans my blood sugar and weight went down the very next day. And each day I ate whole brown rice and whole beans in their natural state, cooked only with pure water, my blood sugar and weight would go down.

As soon as I ate these very same foods processed into a food product with added salt and various other additives, my weight and blood sugar would go up the very next morning. It took only one serving to observe this effect.


cuisine

cuisine:  a style of cooking characterized by distinctive ingredients, techniques and dishes, and usually associated with a specific philosophy, need, culture, or geographic region. 

Every major cuisine in the world originated in nature.


wholefat

whole-fat: a fat that is inherent in the food ingredient itself, and not pressed or extracted from a food as an isolated part.

Whole-fat is in its whole form as it occurs in Nature, with all it’s co-factors that aid digestion and utilization of the fat still intact.