This is a place holder. I'm largely paleo, supplementing with  raw food/juicing. I believe strongly the advances we've seen in food are only for yield and not what "does the body good".

I have a couple obvious'isms in food consumption (a growing list):

  • The more your trash smells, the better your diet: broccoli stalks and chicken skin stinks much morethan hungryman and pop-tarts wrappers
  • Nutrition and color is directly proportional: look at your plate. Notice tater tots, chicken nuggets, french fries, mac and cheese are all the same color?  Compare iceburg to romaine lettuce, when preparing a meal, make it as colorful as you can!
  • You are what you eat - AND - you are what you eat eats!  For example, the 7,000 year old indigenous Icelandic diet contains NO fruit.  Their essential vitamin C needs are met by eating reindeer that feed on vitamin C-rich moss.  If you corn fed their meat source they'd all die of scurvy.  More food for thought on this, their are 72 nutrients in natural soil, but our farm land (which is now only a 'druggie sponge') is sprinkled with a few nutrients in the fertilizer.  Think you're getting your savings worth of low-nutritional foods? Source
  • There's no excuse to ingest any sweeteners.  Sugar is made in our body, actually ingesting it is redundant - it'd be like putting stored car exhaust into your gas tank.  Artificial sweeteners mimic some aspects of sugar - it tells you to eat voraciously without providing a mechanism of satiety.  Sadly it's too late to 'stop' eating sugar.  The cravings for food-rewards and hedonistic flavorings are too entrenched in our current society.  You tell me what the definition of a poison is?  Does it HAVE to be fast-acting?  Source
Note: it's about nutrients, macro and micro.  But WHAT you eat isn't enough.  Your 'second-order diet' is also critical - what you eat eats also matters!

Example1: Tomatoes grown in soil containing minimal nutrients will affect the nutritional value of the tomato.  Also tomatoes divide nutrients and flavor among the tomatoes per vine.  What's good for the grower is not good for the consumer.  

It goes on and on.  Instead of counting and weighing foods and analyzing all combinations and permutations, just mimic the successful diets of old.

Important characters in food/nutrition research (important links):

I listen to the experts, Dr Paul Jaminet, Dr Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Chris Kresser, Dr William Davis, Dr Daphne Miller.