When you sit down to a meal, do you see food or macronutrients?
Let's say you're eating grilled vegetables, rice, and a piece of chicken drizzled with olive oil and lemon. Do you see a variety of food or start calculating the percentages of proteins, carbs, and fats—even before taking a bite?
For many Americans, the focus of healthy eating has shifted from variety, balance, and pleasure to mathematics, regimen, and precision. As our interest in nutrition has increased in recent years, particularly in the US, our perspective of food has changed dramatically.