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What Are Whole foods

What Are Whole Foods

Whole foods are foods that are eaten in their natural state and are unprocessed and unrefined. They do not contain any additives, like, preservatives, chemicals, salt, sugar or fat.

 

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Usually, the term whole foods mainly refers to vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, but, protein can be whole as long as it does not include any processing, for example, a plain chicken breast versus chicken nuggets, or grilled fish versus fish sticks.

The term whole foods should not be confused with organic, because while whole foods can be organic, they are not automatically so.

Processing typically removes all the vital nutrients from foods that they had  in their original whole state and so they do not contribute to overall health and wellness as they would had they been eaten in their whole state.

A good example of this is white bread, rice, pasta and other refined grain foods. In processing the components of the whole grain that contain its most valuable nutrients, specifically fiber, are eliminated in milling when the bran and the coat of the grain are removed.

Another important distinction is the fact that processing also adds unnecessary ingredients, like, sugar and fat.

 

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Whole foods are nutrient dense, versus processed (refined) foods that are energy dense.

What is the difference?

Nutrient dense foods provide vital nutrition the body needs, like vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants without added sugar and fat, while energy dense foods are high in empty calories that provide little or no nutrition.

Ideally a whole food is one ingredient, for example, an apple, chicken breast, baked sweet potato wedges, cucumber, steel cut oatmeal.

While we may cook and combine these ingredients to make a multi ingredient dish, the foods themselves maintain their whole integrity because they are not altered.

Example: A grilled chicken breast eaten with baked sweet potato wedges on the side is a whole food meal, but, a fried chicken breast with a side of French fries is a processed meal.

Another Example: A baked potato is a whole food, potato chips is a processed food.

 

What Is Clean Eating

Clean eating is a term that refers to maintaining a diet that is exclusively comprised of whole foods.

When you eat clean your diet is filled with foods eaten in their natural state without added: fats, sugars, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavors, colors, textures or any other chemicals.

Eating clean also means avoiding “fake foods” or those chemically created foods that have no real food in them, Twinkies are one good example, as are Pop Tarts.

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