What Is Whole Foods Relation To Health?
What Is Whole Foods Relation To Health?
What does it mean to eat healthy? Are there really certain foods that your body needs to obtain optimum fitness or is it just a myth? And what is whole foods real roll/benefit?
Health- usually meaning to be free from illness, is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind and body.
Food- any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body usually of plant or animal origin, containing essential nutrients, such as fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals.
Health food– is food usually considered to be beneficial to health in ways that go beyond a normal healthy diet required for human nutrition. Foods considered “healthy” nowadays go by many different names.
You have what is called natural foods, organic foods, whole foods, and sometimes vegetarian as well as raw foods along with dietary supplements.
“The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or “essential qualities, innate disposition”, and in ancient times, literally meant “birth”.
Natura was a Latin translation of the Greek word physis (φύσις), which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord.”
Natural food is a vague term which is now widely used in food labeling and marketing with a variety of definitions, implying foods that are minimally processed and do not contain manufactured ingredients, such as GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) or any additives like hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings that were not originally in the food and are minimally processed.
The term “Natural food” assures nothing as indicated by the lack of standards in most areas of the country and is widely misused on labels and in advertisements. Remember-Natural and Organic products are not the same!
Organic products are produced in a way that comply with organic standards set by governments and organizations.
Integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, (as with Permaculture or sustainable agriculture which is modeled after systems from natural ecosystems) Organic Farming helps promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.
Organic farming is generally associated with site-specific farming and crop conditions, where the food is not processed using irradiation, chemical food additives or industrial solvents. Also chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides are not allowed- only certified organic options.
Originally all human food was whole food- Unprocessed, or minimally processed and refined as little as possible, Whole Foods offer many benefits- such as providing naturally occurring protective substances, like phytochemicals.
They are also a complete source of complex micro-nutrients, as well as providing essential dietary fiber.Typically they do not contain added salt, carbohydrates, or fat.
Whole foods usually include beans, fruits, vegetables, unpolished grains and animal products such as meats and raw dairy.
Good Health Starts In The Gut
A diet rich in a wide variety of ORGANIC whole foods has been shown to be anti-carcinogenic due to the synergistic effects of antioxidants and phytochemicals common in whole foods such as dark green and yellow/orange-fleshed vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds.
These foods are known to contain high concentrations of antioxidant phenolics, fibers and numerous other phytochemicals that may be protective against many chronic diseases- brought to you as nature intended!
Classified into several different types- Vegetarian Food is food that does not include meat and animal tissue products.
Traditionally foods that have always been vegetarian include grains, vegetables cereals, fruits, and nuts. Other categories include textured vegetable protein, soy products and food which copies the taste, texture, and appearance of meat.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat and dairy products are typically part of a Raw Food Diet, as well as various types of sprouted seeds, cheese, and fermented foods such as Yogurt , kefir, kombucha or sauerkraut.
Usually raw food diets are simple to prepare, however other foods can require considerable preparation before eating as in Rice and other grains which require sprouting or overnight soaking to become digestible.
There is a line of thinking that it is best to soak nuts and seeds before eating them, to activate their enzymes, and deactivate enzyme inhibitors. The time to soak varies for all nuts and seeds.
The Benefits of Eating Raw are too numerous to mention all of them here in this article, however below are a few…..
- Raw foods include bacteria and other micro-organisms that affect the immune system and aid in digestion by populating the digestive tract with beneficial gut flora.
- They have higher nutrient values than foods that have been cooked.
- Raw foods such as fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants.
- Reverse symptoms of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
That’s all for now, be sure to check back soon as we will go into even more detail on Health Foods and the health benefits of Eating Raw!
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