The Realfooding movement and the food industry

Concerned about everyone’s health Carlos Rios, a Spanish dietician-nutritionist published in March 2019, the book Come Comida Real (Eat Real Food) a very complete guide that teaches everyone how to eat better to improve health but especially to not be fooled by the advertising of the food industry. 

With a great desire to make the world aware of the importance of adequate nutrition Carlos Ríos, started to share on his Instagram account content about real food. In 2016, his movement started to be known on social media, but it was not until 2017 that it reached more relevance. Today, the Realfooding Instagram account has 1.6 million followers, called Realfooders.

But, what is Realfooding? This movement is not a miracle diet, it is just the fact of eating healthy avoiding processed and ultra-processed foods, and opting for ‘real food’. Most of the products that are sold in supermarkets, specially packaged foods contain harmful additives and fats. 

Post – Instagram Account Carlos Rios: He classifies food into three groups: Real food, well-processed food, and ultra-processed.

The importance is neither in the calories nor in the nutrients, but in the degree of processing of the raw materials. And that is being overlooked while all the effects that can derive from our health are ignored. High consumption of ultra-processed food is significantly associated with the risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, overall cancer, breast cancer, depression, and other illnesses. The following article Consumption of ultra-processed food and risk of cardiovascular disease (2019), from the INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), shows an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in consumers of ultra-processed foods in the NutriNet-Santé cohort.

“We live in a world where we don’t eat real food, but products that have been put in front of our eyes. »

– Carlos Rios uses as a metaphor the movie The Matrix.

In the first part of his book he deals with the topic of marketing and advertising, he explains that we live in an environment perfectly designed for the consumption of unhealthy edibles, the ultra-processed ones. This environment is controlled by the dark side of the food industry, which keeps the population buying its products that harm their health. He also explains the foundations of Realfooding and offers practical advice, tricks and recipes to eat healthy easily, quickly, and richly. 

The dietician-nutritionist Carlos Ríos. POLITICA CATALUÑA BARCELONA CULTURA (2019)

« Realfooding is not black or white, that’s what the concept of « Buenos procesados » is for, because not all processed food is bad. Nor does it mean that you will never eat an ultra-processed food again, it only means that you are aware of them and you can consume them occasionally, not every day ».

– Carlos Rios

Real food is minimally processed food. These are food products that have only one ingredient on the label or are not labeled at all, he explains. We must prioritize these types of products in our diet, also complement them with good processed, which are those that usually have between 1 to 5 ingredients, with no added sugar, refined flour, or refined vegetable oil. 

With the publication of this book, Carlos Rios has been able to explain his concept, reach a large number of people and make them aware of what is happening in the nutrition field.

                 

Hanae JAALI

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