The answer depends on the origins of each item’s ingredients.
My barometer of whether food is good for you is if it doesn’t contain hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, artificial colorants and other synthetic additives. Unless otherwise labeled, chicken bought from a supermarket or sandwich shop comes from an animal administered antibiotics and fed a diet laced with genetically modified and pesticide-laden grains.
On the other hand, the chocolate cake my wife recently baked from scratch didn’t contain anything from the above list. (It also was absolutely delicious.) As I’ve mentioned before, foods such as butter and eggs—if using the proper kind—are great sources for a wide array of nutrients.
The cake’s ingredients:
- Organic cocoa powder
- Organic chocolate
- Pastured eggs
- Butter from milk from grass-fed cows
- Organic unbleached flour
- Organic cane sugar
- Organic buttermilk
- Aluminum-free baking powder
- Unrefined sea salt
- Organic vanilla extract
- Organic expeller-pressed canola oil
Image from and recipe adapted from Ina Garten's Beatty's Chocolate Cake Recipe
Rob Endelman is a chef who, in addition to teaching cooking technique, empowers people with the knowledge to make better choices when it comes to buying and preparing food. He believes that a lack of awareness about our industrial food supply has contributed to the increase in modern diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer. Through his blog, The Delicious Truth, and business, Cook with Class, Chef Rob helps people understand, identify and avoid hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and synthetic additives.