Many people think ‘whole foods’ is just the name of a grocery store chain, but they are nutritional necessities for a healthy diet.
With the current focus on healthy eating, there is a bewildering array of so-called healthy food available in typical stores. There is also much confusion about what exactly is the healthiest food, with so much being described as natural, organic, Non-GMO, and more. Really, the healthiest things for humans to eat are whole foods; these being totally natural food items which have not had ingredients added or specific elements removed.
Examples of whole foods are fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, herbs, whole grains, and beans. Also, whole foods include fish, eggs, poultry, beef and pork. The idea with the latter categories is to make use of as many usable components as possible, like making stock from bones.
Whole grains are whole foods as they are among the most ideal guardians against disease. One reason for this is their ability to delay digestion, thereby nutrients are more readily available for the body due to greater absorption rates. During the digestive process they produce changes within the intestine which allows favorable bacteria production, producing a more robust immune system. Whole grains also have phytoestrogens and other phytochemicals which are known to break down carcinogens.
Non-whole foods are known as `fragmented foods`, meaning that they have been deprived of part of their nutritional usefulness because of the refining and packaging processes. Some fragmented foods are obvious; such as products made with white flour, white rice and refined sugar. Others are less apparent; fruit juices that have been overly heated in packaging, bran (without starch) and refined fats, both animal and vegetable (missing trace elements).
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Research has shown that the human body can discern between whole and fragmented foods, even if the missing nutrients are consumed in an isolated vitamin or mineral supplement, and will benefit more from whole foods. This is why it is considered ideal for a human diet to consist of a minimum of 70% whole foods, which maximizes the benefits of an intake of natural nutrients.
Even if 70% is not doable, everybody can make an effort to enhance their nutritional health by eating some whole foods every day. Nutritionists endorse the following on a daily basis: one serving of animal protein, one serving of beans, two portions of whole grains or nuts and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
A way to reach this 70% mark is to add concentrated whole foods and juices to your dietary regimen. Concentrated formulas generate greater enhancements by delivering more valuable nutrients in fewer calories, requiring less time, effort and money.
Author Cliff Everett Smith is President of http://www.besthealthfoodstore.net/index.html, a health food store online that offers concentrated whole foods and health drinks not sold in typical stores. Get more healthy diet tips, or just browse the site and see the catalog.
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