I've been reading a few opinions on food, and decided to articulate what I think is "healthy." Mind you, I don't actually eat like this, but I think I *should*.
Most healthy (and to be consumed in great quantities): things you grow yourself. Local, fresh, organic fruit, vegetables, and grains.
Next: things others grow. (organic fruits, vegetables, and grains)
Next: Things you raise yourself. Animals and their by products like cheese, eggs, honey, and meat.
Next: things others raise. (Organic, free range.)
Next: any of the above categories grown or raised in a non-organic way.
Next: Things you manufacture yourself. This would include things with bought ingredients like bread (made with yeast), other baked goods (made with sugar and other additives), pickles, etc.
Worst and to be consumed in limited quantities: things others manufacture. This would include boxed food, cake mixes, candy bars, jelly, ketchup, and other canned or prepared foods.
Ingredients that should be avoided altogether are high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
What's your philosophy? Do you live by it?