I understand this whole list until I get to the last bit. It may be true that my body does crave, for example, the stomach contents of the chicken or the peel of the avocado or the scales of the fish, but I'm not too excited about eating those. And yet, animals don't part their foods out the way we do, so I see the point. But if I go with the definition that a part of a food isn't as healthy and leaves my body craving, that's going to seriously limit my diet. While I appreciate that when my dogs eat their eggs whole they get the calcium boost from the shell that nature intended, I prefer my eggs without a crunch. And while I am fine eating the peel of the apple, the plum and the carrot, the peel of the banana, the pineapple and the orange are less attractive. I'm so picky, I don't eat the skin, fat, gristle, or giblets of birds and I am even less likely to eat the eyes, stomach contents, or feet, no matter how unwhole it might seem to just eat the muscles. Where do we draw the line on what we consider edible? We eat orange peels if they're candied. Many cultures eat the heads and eyes of animals. If you are going to say that parting out a food makes it not a whole food, then Americans eat very few whole foods, including cheese, cream, eggs, chicken breasts, fish fillets, rendered duck fat, broth, and so on.
December 7, 2010, 1:48 pm