What Are Whole Foods?

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Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as sugar, salt, or fat. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grains; fruits and vegetables; unprocessed meat, poultry, and fish; and non-homogenized milk.

The term is often confused with organic food, but whole foods are not necessarily organic, nor are organic foods necessarily whole. Because of the lack of basic processing, some whole foods have a very short shelf life.

The United States Food and Drug Administration defines whole grains as cereal grains containing the bran, endosperm and germ of the original grain. Federal Dietary Guidelines issued by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in 2005 recommended the consumption of at least three servings of whole grains each day, as they are proven to help cut risk of cancer and heart disease.

There are several ways to meet the body’s needs with respect to whole foods. One way is to consume a variety of fresh raw fruits and vegetables every day.

“Diets rich in whole and unrefined foods, like whole grains, dark green and yellow/orange-fleshed vegetables and fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, contain high concentrations of antioxidant phenolics, fibers and numerous other phytochemicals that may be protective against chronic diseases.”

In a Whole Food diet, just as in a raw diet, a vegetarian diet, or any other way of eating, there are variations.

In general terms there are two big differences between a Whole Foods diet and a Raw and Living Food diet:

Unlike a Raw and Living Foods diet, a Whole Food diet does generally consist of meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. They should be raised in a healthful way and have no hormones or antibiotics.

Also, some foods are cooked, rather than eating everything raw as with a Raw and Living Foods diet.
Then, from this point, there are many variations.

Although I have attempted to define Whole Foods in this post and Raw and Living Foods in the Raw and Living Foods Diet post, there simply is no exact definition of either.

The important thing is not to name or define how we eat, but to improve our diet to a level that will support vibrant health and an abundant life!!

I have mentioned in various places on this site that my personal goal is to move to a place where my diet consists of 80%-85% Living and Raw Foods, with the remaining 15%-20% being comprised of mostly Whole and Healthful Foods, snacks and deserts.

Your goal may be different, but my hope is, that every day you will be moving in the direction of vibrant health!

If you have not done so already, I recommend reading the post: Raw and Living Foods


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