If you keep hearing the term ‘whole foods’ and wondering what that could possibly mean – you are not alone! And I’m here to break it down for you.
Whole foods are foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from additives or other artificial substances. This might sound like something you can only purchase in a health food store, but whole foods are found everywhere!
When you eat foods in their whole or unrefined state, you can almost always guarantee that those are fantastically healthy choices. These foods contain all sorts of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are the bi-products of tasty, natural food. Once you start to add more whole foods into your diet, you’ll quickly realize how great they make you feel and before you know it your pallet will have adapted to the natural taste of food!
Our bodies are instinctively designed to recognize foods as they are in their natural state, this means causing chaos in our bodies when certain properties of food have been removed and additives have been used. Processed foods ultimately decrease the overall nutrient value, the existing nutrients are now not easily absorbed and the food becomes a foreign substance which is harder to process, absorb and digest.
Benefits from switching to whole foods include that they contain more fibre and beneficial fats which help keep you full throughout the day and feeling satisfied. They aid with digestion, give you more energy, help protect us from disease, and whole foods are rich in certain substances that cannot be synthesized through the body and have to be obtained through the diet.
So what are some foods you should try to always have at home?
Whole foods include unprocessed fruit and vegetables; whole grains (millet, brown rice, oats, rye, whole wheat, buckwheat, quinoa and cornmeal) beans and legumes (including lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans); and nuts and seeds.