Whole food isn’t just a supermarket…
When I explain that I try my best to eat a diet based in whole foods, a lot of times it seems like people just smile and nod and assume I’m saying I shop at Whole Foods Super Market. So I’m here to quickly set the record straight with the definition of whole foods, which as you can see above is a natural food, especially an unprocessed one (such as a vegetable or fruit) .
A whole food based diet is essential for obtaining proper nutrients and promoting good health. When you eat unprocessed (whole) foods, you eat the food while it still has its natural nutrients intact. The more whole foods you eat and the less processed food, the healthier your diet becomes.
Some processed foods, like the ones featured at McDonalds or Burger King, have little to no nutrients. These “fiberless foods” simply allow you to eat until your stomach is full. This is one way we gain weight. Whole foods are different. Unprocessed foods send signals to your brain to stop eating when your body has taken in enough nutrients. In fact, if you ate only whole foods it would be very difficult to gain excess weight because your body would stop you from eating when it received the necessary nutrients. You also wouldn’t be eating the added fats and sugars from processed food.
Besides the obvious nutritional benefits of whole foods, fruits and veggies are also jam packed with fiber, keeping your digestive track running smoothly and regularly ;)