There is no Instagram of a nutritionist that does not include these foods but a few years ago they were not part of our diet. They are foreign foods (or that were only grown in some part of Spain) and that is part of our current diet
Yes, in the 80s, broccoli was not a usual vegetable, mostly because you couldn’t find it in any establishment. Apparently it is a vegetable that comes from the Near East, around the Mediterranean Sea. Even its cultivation and sale in Asia is recent so, in general, it is a vegetable of recent incorporation. Rich in calcium and other nutrients, it is “a staple” of healthy nutrition; It is almost part of a nutritionist’s closet bottom.
Today we can buy the Kiwis in any fruit shop in Spain or in a supermarket. But when the charts were filled by Mecano, no one here knew what a Kiwi was. It is a fruit that comes from our antipodes and today is grown in many countries, including ours. And we have varieties like Zespri Gold which is the fruit with the most vitamin C.
It is not easy to find a good mango (it does not go with second ones), but if you get one you will fall in love with this fruit. It seems incredible that 20 years ago you will not find it more than in the Supermarket of El Corte Inglés.
Mango has a citrus and sweet taste at the same time and gives us vitamins C and A along with other antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids (whatever they are). It also has a good amount of fiber. That is, they are like most fruits, great food.
What would Instagram be without yogurt with berries? How could one lead a “healthy” life without putting raspberries, blueberries or currants? A few years ago you could only catch blackberries in the field (when it was time) because our forests have never been conducive to blueberries or raspberries. Thanks to the great development that agriculture has had, we can find these fruits today anywhere in Spain.
Here we have always had peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts. This is what trees give on these lands. Cashew nuts? What is that?
Apparently the cashews originally come from some Amazon trees and were later taken to India. It is a dried fruit widely consumed worldwide but it did not come here until the 90s.
How was the population fed before?
Well, in general, the Spanish population fed better 30 years ago than now. The rates of overweight and obesity were much lower and there was no need for the food industry to fund observatories or plans against obesity.
So, are these foods better or new ones being introduced than the ones we had 20 years ago?
Well, it’s not that they are better but that they add more diversity to our diet. As Lucia Arguelles would say, stop freaking out with Kale Cabbage, coconut oil or Acai. Yes, some are very good but you are paying a kilo of fruit or vegetables between 3 and 5 times more expensive than a local. And it is also very likely that you are helping to ensure that these foods are not accessible to the local consumer of your country of origin, as is the case with the price of Quinoa in Peru.
Another way of looking at it is that if the consumption of these “trendy foods” ends up penetrating the population, it is possible that they will end up being produced in our country, that their price will decrease and in a few years we will have more variety of foods in our daily diet.