Nigella Lawson: “I don’t like the term “clean eating” or “clean food.”

Nigella Lawson interviewed on The Splendid Table, speaking out against the trend for ‘a very narrow-minded and almost self-persecuting way of eating.. I think food is there to be celebrated.” When asked for her views on the term “clean food” she says: 

NL: I feel that I sound like I’m getting rabid on this. I don’t like the term “clean eating” or “clean food.” I hate the notion that’s implied, that other forms of eating are dirty or shameful. I hate food shaming. I also think that no one makes a good decision out of negativity. If you make people feel bad about what they eat, it’s just going to compound the issue.

Obviously I agree that eating real food and not processed food is good and better for one, but I do feel that a lot of clean eating is too restrictive in its approach. There are so many foodstuffs taken out that it becomes a very narrow-minded and almost self-persecuting way of eating.

But I don’t really have anything against the food itself. I just don’t like it if I think there are punitive implications either to oneself or to other people. I think food is there to be celebrated. By celebrating food, we celebrate life. If you try and take that away or erode that in any way, then life and oneself are both diminished.

Text copied from The Splendid Table. Full interview here.