“Gastronomy awakens a whole world of sensations and pleasure. It is productive, sustainable and healthy hope for the future of Mankind”
Gastronomy is two-pronged. On one hand, the calories, nutrients affect health and, on the other hand, the so-called “culinary hedonism” awakens a whole world of sensations and pleasure. Both innovation-related elements offer richness and confirm gastronomy not only as one of the key disciplines in our culture, but also as productive, sustainable and healthy hope for the future of Mankind. Food science or, in other words, nutrition is being increasingly developed in parallel with the evolution of gastronomy and cuisine. Therefore, the work of our nutritionists, doctors and scientists is vital to determine the most suitable type of diet.
Eating for Health and Pleasure
Once the calories, essential nutrients or micro-nutrients that we must consume, have been established, it is essential to find the food items and the best way of preparing them. Health and pleasure must always go hand in hand. Nutritionists admit that calories or proteins or hydrates cannot be purchased in the market. Food must be bought. As Professor Francisco Grande Covián, father of the Spanish Nutrition Foundation said, “we will only eat what we should if we like it”. This is the idea: we eat for health reasons and pleasure, in accordance with a rich socio-cultural inheritance, which are the food habits designed over many generations. If these factors (pleasure and food habits) are not taken into account when planning a diet, it is destined to fail even though it is correct from a nutritional point of view.
“As Professor Grande Covián said, “we only eat what we should if we like it”. How can we look after our health through the pleasure of eating?
Europeans must become aware of the fact that diet, food, pleasure and the culinary culture are basic elements to build a modern and innovative society, capable of facing the future. Gastronomy is not a privilege. Quite the opposite: it is pleasure but also health, nutrition, economy, the protection of nature and the environment, tourism, education and folklore. Grande Covián said: Eating healthily is eating what we like…. and a little of what we don’t like”.