Whole foods are not processed in any way. They are consumed in their natural state. Examples are fresh fruit, vegetables, raw nuts, grains, seeds etc. Preserving food introduces harmful chemicals to the food and depletes it’s nutritional value. Whole foods are naturally low glycemic, high in fiber, and low-calorie. They also contain large amounts of vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients vital to your health.
A whole food diet is the best way to lose weight, increase energy, and decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and auto-immune diseases. Unfortunately the majority of Americans consume very little natural foods which leads to an epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases. It’s easier to make wise food choices when you have healthy food available that taste great.
One thing you have to keep in mind is that the reason food is so cheap now is due to the processing. Raw, organic unprocessed food is harder to deliver fresh and carries with it a price. But with the surge of people buying whole food, the price is falling to a reasonable level. You can buy natural foods at any grocery store if you shop the perimeter of the store. The outside isle is where they keep the whole foods and the middle isles are primarily for packaged and processed foods. Shop the perimeter for fresh whole foods.
We would all love to shop exclusively at a whole food grocery store in our area, but it’s too expensive right? Wrong.
Did You know?
Some fruits and vegetables are not worth buying organic. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) advises people to know what produce is higher in pesticides and other poisons. They call this list the Dirty Dozen.