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Healthy category for food Answered

I would really like to see a "Healthy" category in the food section of instructables for food.  I think it would really help in searching for recipes.

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kengler (author)2011-04-05

I also think this would be a good idea. I am always looking for healthy recipes, and it would be nice to have a lot of healthy options all in one place

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craftyv (author)kengler2011-04-16

I still agree with the idea. Good Luck.

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NachoMahma (author)craftyv2011-04-16

.  I think most ppl agree that it is a good idea (or at least not a bad idea), it's just not something that would be simple to implement.
.  As has been pointed out, what is healthy for a one person might be poisonous for someone else. Some sub-categories might help, eg, Food:Healthy:Low-Sodium. I don't think carlyg90's one-size-fits-all category would work well, but it would at least show the author's intent.
.  Maybe a better category name would be the answer. Something like Health Conscious (only shorter).
.  YMMV

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craftyv (author)NachoMahma2011-04-17

Yes, it's obviously not as simple as was first thought.

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Lithium Rain (author)NachoMahma2011-04-16

Seems like keywords would help a lot in this scenario (along with more prominent reminders to use helpful ones, and examples of good keywords). Unfortunately, like many other features (groups, anyone?), keywords seem to suffer from feature rot. :(

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craftyv (author)Lithium Rain2011-04-17

Still thinking about this.

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carlyg90 (author)2011-04-15

This really does not need to be that complicated. Yes healthy is different to different people. So why can't we just have one category of Healthy that encompasses all of them. People can go to it, and then look for recipes that fit their needs. Just like every other category.

For example, I can go into the breakfast category and be looking for only pancake recipes, just like someone could go into the Healthy category and be only looking for low calorie. There will be other things in there than what you are looking for. It's not a big deal.

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craftyv (author)2011-04-05

I agree, however there would have to be some concensus about what, for the purposes of this category, constitutes "Healthy". Lets get some ideas about this.

HEALTHY FOOD = Low fat.
No chemical additives.
Low salt (sodium). Etc.

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steveastrouk (author)craftyv2011-04-14

HEALTHY FOOD = Low fat.
...unless you have certain types of epilepsy when low fat = very very bad.

Low sodium = healthy, unless you are very old, in which case many need extra sodium.....

What is a "chemical additive" ? Monosodium glutamate ? (found in natural soy sauce). Dihydrogen monoxide ? Well known killer, in quite small one-off exposures ?

Steve

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craftyv (author)steveastrouk2011-04-14

Well said. That's why it's more complicated than we realise. Maybe we can reduce it to "Your healthy Foods" whatever that may be.

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steveastrouk (author)craftyv2011-04-15

Oh, and lets not forget that adult healthy food is not the same as children healthy food.

That's my point, "healthy" is not for the site to judge.

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craftyv (author)steveastrouk2011-04-15

I back off. I thought it was a good idea, but now I see it raises more problems than I imagined. Rather like that old adage, "one man's trash is another man's treasure". " What's healthy for one may be poison for another". Bye everyone , this subject is now closed, for me at least.

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Perhaps a more pragmatic definition should be used, as lowfat, low salt, and little or no deliberately added clearly non-food items are clearly healthy for the majority of the population. The semantics can be argued all day, but a common-sense approach like "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." is good for most people and simple to follow.

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2011-04-14

Paleoman said it best, "ArwyuggrmpfhNom, Nom!"

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carlyg90 (author)2011-04-08

I feel like people could probably determine whether something is healthy or not on their own. There are a lot of different types of healthy. For instance healthy for people that work out a lot can have more calories vs. people just wanting something low calorie. I'm not sure there should be strict guidelines because of that.
Maybe after recipes are submitted, people can afterwards have a say as to why the dish might be unhealthy altogether if someone submits something that really doesn't meet anyone's guidelines.

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canida (author)2011-04-08

I like the idea, but do we agree on what Healthy means?
What do you think about vegetarian, vegan, low-fat, low-sugar, etc instead of the broad category?

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Kiteman (author)canida2011-04-08

Apart from food that is tainted or "off", there is no such thing as an unhealthy food.

Any particular food is only unhealthy if eaten to excess.

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canida (author)Kiteman2011-04-08

OK, I'll only eat a a few bites of this lead-and-arsenic candy!
:D

Or is any quantity excess?

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Kiteman (author)canida2011-04-08

I did say apart from food that is tainted...

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