What Is Whole Foods Relation To Health?

What Is Health Food-Is It Really Healthy?

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.

Whole_Food_StoreHealth 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.

 Natural foods

“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 foods

ORGANIC FARMINGOrganic farming- “a form of agriculture  that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control.”

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.

Whole Foods 

Originally all human food was whole food- Unprocessed, or minimally processedWhole_Foods 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!

Vegetarian Food

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.

 Raw Food

Raw food (or following a raw food diet) is the dietary practice of eating only uncooked, unprocessed foods.berries

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!

 PS: I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any questions about Health Foods orA Raw Food Dietor just want to leave your own personal review, please share your experiences below!
 
 
To your good health-
 

Tom

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Phil L

I enjoyed your article and learned a lot.
My daily focus is on living a longer, healthier life. So, what I put into my body is of primary concern. What I follow, in it’s simplest form is, “If it was made in a factory, Don’t Eat It!”
I’ve started doing a lot of research on GMO’s and other toxins that are all to common in the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Tom, keep up the good work, you’re helping me a great deal with your research.
Phil

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    Tom

    Hi Phil and thank-you for your comment- What we put into our bodies should be of utmost concern for everyone. Unfortunately nowadays to some corporations profit is the motive and health secondary or not at all. I like your rule of thumb and to carry that further I say; if your are buying food and most of us do always check the label and always question -what exactly am I eating -where did it come from -how was it grown -what else is in it beside the actual product we were trying to purchase….another way would be to purchase from local co-ops, farmers markets or grow your own!

    To Your best health-Tom

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