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postheadericon Basic Truths for Healthy Eating: Whole Foods Support Life

It’s the beginning of the new year-for most of us the party is over and the reality of overindulgence has set in! It may have started with a few innocent “pleasure” foods earlier in the year; you know, the ones that you were going to try “just once,” and before you knew it, they became a habit. Now you’re looking at the numbers on the scale with a mix of shock and disbelief.  whole foods online

The trick to staying on track is to eat foods that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied, but are delicious at the same time. Your best bet? Unprocessed whole foods, along with a variety of herbs, spices, and pungent flavorings to add all the flavor you ‘d ever want.

{ You want to choose foods that have been barely transformed since being harvested. They haven’t been milled, hulled (with some exceptions), ground, separated out into various components, and certainly not combined with preservatives and unnatural flavors. { For instance, intact grains such as brown rice, millet, and barley are whole foods, while even whole wheat flour has undergone some processing. | Intact grains such as brown rice, millet, and barley are whole foods, while even whole wheat flour has undergone some processing. } { Similarly, nuts are unprocessed whole foods, but oils (even the most nutritious ones) are processed. | Nuts are unprocessed whole foods, but oils (even the most nutritious ones) are processed. } | Intact grains such as brown rice, millet, and barley are whole foods, while even whole wheat flour has undergone some processing. Nuts are unprocessed whole foods, but oils (even the most nutritious ones) are processed. }

{ Scientists call ingredients that contain just a portion of the original whole food-such as oils, fats, sugars, and starches-“fractionated” foods, because they’re composed of just a fraction of a whole food. They also contain just a fraction of a food’s original nutrient content. The nutrients in whole foods compliment and augment each other, often in ways scientists are still trying to understand. Vitamins in whole nuts protect the nut oils from going rancid; other nutrients make proteins and starches more digestible. When you eat a fractionated food, you lose out on the whole protective package. | Scientists call ingredients that contain just a portion of the original whole food-such as oils, fats, sugars, and starches-“fractionated” foods, because they’re composed of just a fraction of a whole food. When you eat a fractionated food, you lose out on the whole protective package. }

{ Whole foods have sustained humans for thousands of years. They’ve provided adequate nutrition for health and reproduction without leading to weight gain and disease. Our bodies run like well-tuned machines on these foods. We run into trouble when we eat processed foods that contain only a portion of the nutrients found in whole foods or are made with ingredients that read more like a chemical soup. You can only put the wrong fuel into a machine for so long before it breaks down. If you ‘d like to read more about this, an excellent book is The Pleasure Trap by Doug Lisle and Alan Goldhamer. | Whole foods have sustained humans for thousands of years. Our bodies run like well-tuned machines on these foods. We run into trouble when we eat processed foods that contain only a portion of the nutrients found in whole foods or are made with ingredients that read more like a chemical soup. }

{ Eating a whole food diet can be easy; just think of beans, whole unmilled grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. If you struggle with your weight, it might surprise you to know that researchers are now recommending the addition of a small amount of whole nuts in the diet, as a replacement for oils, butter, margarine, and other fats. (This will only work if you eat only 1/4 to 1/3 cup nuts a day, instead of, and not in addition to, fractionated fats and oils.) Whole nuts provide valuable nutrients and help curb cravings. | Eating a whole food diet can be easy; just think of beans, whole unmilled grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. If you struggle with your weight, it might surprise you to know that researchers are now recommending the addition of a small amount of whole nuts in the diet, as a replacement for oils, butter, margarine, and other fats. }

An important aspect of eating a whole food diet is switching from ground and processed grains (breads-even whole wheat bread-pasta, tortillas, most breakfast cereals, etc.) to intact grains, and replacing fruit juice with whole fruit. Find out more about this important change next month when I’ll talk about how something called the glycemic index can change the way you chose the foods you eat.