The 1986 opening of the McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome, will go down as an important event in history. When Carlo Petrini protested the opening of the fast food chain, it initiated an international movement that advocates a healthy lifestyle.
The movement known as Slow Food counteracts fast food and fast life. It advocates people to be more aware of how our food habits will affect the rest of the world.
But the movement is only catching up in the United States with restaurants slowly shifting to serving healthy meals comprising fruits and vegetables.
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"The Slow Food Movement has helped to create an unprecedented interest in what we eat. This keen interest generates knowledge which is setting the table for what we want to eat: delicious and healthful food grown in a responsible and sustainable fashion. An enlightened palate cannot reverse directions, so we see the Slow Food Movement gaining momentum into the future,” Paulette Satur of Satur Farms, who provides produce to Sprig, a restaurant whose policy is in line with the Slow Food movement, was quoted in the Huffington Post.
Like Sprig, Matt Malgari’s Smart Sips and More also believes in serving healthy and nutritious meals and Malgari believes the movement is a necessary breath of fresh air in American culture.
"My philosophy is definitely in line with this movement. People need to eat lunch to maintain energy throughout the day. But when you're pressed for time, sometimes you think a greasy burger or fried chicken nuggets are the best option. In reality, these meals slow your body down and make you feel sluggish. Eating fruits and vegetables and staying away from processed food helps you power through your day. If we can turn people's attention toward healthful choices that also taste good, we can help stop this obesity epidemic," Malgari said in a statement.
In the U.S. more than one third of the population is obese. The disappointing statistic continues, with only 12 states having passed the goal of lowering obesity prevalence by 30 percent, according to a Huffington Post report. The report further showed that 2000 marked the last year when every state in the U.S. recorded less than 30 percent obesity prevalence.
Meanwhile, promoting slow food to improve the overall health of Americans, Althea Zanecosky, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, told the Huffington Post: "Slow food doesn't necessarily mean food that takes a long time to cook. It means turning down the speed at which we eat and increasing the amount of time we spend dining together with other people."