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What are wholefoods and how can you incorporate them into your diet

What are wholefoods and how can you incorporate them into your diet

We all know that eating a healthy, balanced diet is best. But when it comes to choosing fresh foods over fast foods, or fruits and veggies rather than pies and biscuits, what it is we are doing is really choosing wholefoods over processed foods.

 

What are wholefoods?

Just as the name suggests, ‘wholefoods’ are foods eaten in their natural form, as close to as they are found in nature as possible. The difference between a whole food and a processed food is usually the presence of packaging, unnatural processing, preservatives and additives to stabilise and make shelf-stable foods that usually degrade naturally over-time.

Take for example, the difference between organic wholegrain bread, and bread purchased from your local supermarket. Both make sandwiches and toast, and provide carbohydrates to the body that can be used as energy. But both are not nutritionally the same, and do not incur the same benefits on the body.

Bakery vs. store bought bread

Firstly, the whole grains found in organic whole-grained bread are not processed to soften or lighten appearance or feeling in the mouth. Commercial breads on the other hand, soften grains in response to consumers ‘wants’ for a softer, lighter loaf. Unfortunately, the milling and softening processes that occur to a lot of processed breads, leaves the breads with little nutritional contact. To counter this, companies add synthetic nutrients back into the bread during its final stage of production. Organic whole-grained bread, on the other hand, already contains the nutrients present in whole wheat, with no need to add back in the healthy nutrients actually present in the raw ingredient.

So, when it comes to packaged foods, what will you choose? The packaged product or the nutritionally dense whole-food alternative?

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What are wholefoods and how can you incorporate them into your diet

We all know that eating a healthy, balanced diet is best. But when it comes to choosing fresh foods over fast foods, or fruits and veggies rather than pies and biscuits, what it is we are doing is really choosing wholefoods over processed foods.

We all know that eating a healthy, balanced diet is best. But when it comes to choosing fresh foods over fast foods, or fruits and veggies rather than pies and biscuits, what it is we are doing is really choosing wholefoods over processed foods.

 

What are wholefoods?

Just as the name suggests, ‘wholefoods’ are foods eaten in their natural form, as close to as they are found in nature as possible. The difference between a whole food and a processed food is usually the presence of packaging, unnatural processing, preservatives and additives to stabilise and make shelf-stable foods that usually degrade naturally over-time.

Take for example, the difference between organic wholegrain bread, and bread purchased from your local supermarket. Both make sandwiches and toast, and provide carbohydrates to the body that can be used as energy. But both are not nutritionally the same, and do not incur the same benefits on the body.

Bakery vs. store bought bread

Firstly, the whole grains found in organic whole-grained bread are not processed to soften or lighten appearance or feeling in the mouth. Commercial breads on the other hand, soften grains in response to consumers ‘wants’ for a softer, lighter loaf. Unfortunately, the milling and softening processes that occur to a lot of processed breads, leaves the breads with little nutritional contact. To counter this, companies add synthetic nutrients back into the bread during its final stage of production. Organic whole-grained bread, on the other hand, already contains the nutrients present in whole wheat, with no need to add back in the healthy nutrients actually present in the raw ingredient.

So, when it comes to packaged foods, what will you choose? The packaged product or the nutritionally dense whole-food alternative?

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