The beauty of these is that they aren't mutually exclusive
; a given food item can belong to more than one, or in some cases all of them at once.
Chips, pretzels, anything fried, cheese curls.
Anything where salt is a significant component of the flavor.
This is self-explanatory. Coffee is brown, as is good beer. Tobacco is brown too.
The fermented group includes not only beer, wine, shoyu, miso, and whatnot, but also (according to halacha, if I recall correctly) any bread product made with leavening. Cheese also may be considered fermented, assuming it's real cheese and not some kind of petroleum byproduct glop like American "cheese".
A genuinely nourishing
meal needs to include all of the above groups. Beer and pretzels
would be a good example of a complete meal: Both are brown, beer
, and pretzel
s are crunchy and salty. I'm not certain, but pretzel
s may be leavened
as well; if so, this would make them something of an ideal food.
"Foods" which fall outside the above system (e.g. ice cream
, green olives
) are to be considered "snacks" or "condiments" with no nutritional value. Vegetables
are not fit for human consumption
and so need not be discussed. Petroleum byproduct
glop is good stuff in principle
, but it provides no nourishment