The food we eat may represent a significant, previously unrecognized, source of chronic stress. Food not only provides calories, but also information. Despite the unprecedented abundance, modern food can erroneously convey stress associated with resource scarcity. Our bodies assimilate the stress embedded in the foods - so that we truly are what we eat. Insight into the role of chronic stress embedded in the foods represents the first step in recognizing how food can improve our mental and physical wellness. The association between food and health has generated recent interest in organic foods, local foods, "slow foods", vegetarianism, raw foods, natural foods and free-range meats. Low-Stress Food may represent the unifying paradigm that links these various modern movements under a common umbrella. Low-Stress Food exemplifies a broader philosophy that good relationships with nature and each other is the foundation to building a better world.