Is Anything Actually Healthy?


Nutrition is a divisive topic. For every one person who says cold-press juicing will improve every single aspect of your life, there's another person, equally passionate, equally internet-savvy, maintaining that the juicing process rids fruits and vegetables of most, if not all, of their inherent nutrients and fiber, rendering the slurry you're left with virtually meaningless to your health. In the process of conducting ITG interviews, we've heard that drinking a non-organic green juice was the equivalent of “mainlining heroin.” We've been told a shot of chlorophyll a day will make you glow like you just had sex; that Fiji water is basically poison (so not alkaline); that fruits, when eaten with other foods, just ferment in your stomach; that tomatoes make your body acidic and should be avoided. (Also to be avoided, according to someone we've spoken to: gluten, corn, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, fruit, whey protein, and the list goes on.)

At the office we joke that no food is safe. You think kale is good for you? Think again. Considering a banana cleanse? (Note: A recent Instagram rabbit hole lead me to a cluster of accounts, such as @BrusselsVegan, whose proprietors offer recipes for “nana ice cream'—just frozen bananas with a beet or something thrown in, blended to look like a frozen dessert—and log their experiences with a 20-to-30-bananas-a-day 'cleanse' known as “Banana Island.” Intense.) “Bananas are basically just sugar and starch.” someone will pipe in. “Not good.” And that answers that.

Which means I'm left with the distinct feeling that there are basically no foods that are totally, 100% great for you. ”sare a myth! Açaí? Aça- don't even think about ingesting all that sugar. Except organic blueberries. High in antioxidants, high in fiber, low in sugar, they seem to be the only food everyone can agree is fantastic for you. But in the interest of keeping my breakfast/lunch/dinner options varied, and my diet balanced, I wanted to throw the question out to you guys: Besides blueberries, what are the best foods to eat? And, bonus points to anyone who can offer options (and examples) for people who don't go grocery shopping and eat most of their meals at work or in restaurants...i.e., me.

—Nick Axelrod

Photo by Deja Turner and Sailor Brinkley Cook.