Whole foods – a better way of eating

Whole foods – a better way of eating
Here's why you should eat REAL food!
We weigh the benefits of consuming whole foods over processed foods.
Dr Avron Urison
Dr Avron Urison - CEO: HealthCare Plan
28 September 2021 | 1 minute read
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What are the health benefits?

Whole foods generally do not have added sugars, starches, flavourings or other manufactured ingredients. They are not primarily produced in a factory; in this way, they are the opposite of processed foods.

Because they are not manufactured, whole foods are not found to be addictive like many foods containing added sugar. Choosing mostly whole foods will result in a nutritious diet that is naturally higher in fibre, vitamins and minerals. A whole foods diet can be a way of life instead of a temporary diet.

What the experts have to say

"While there’s no official criteria for a whole foods diet, most would agree it consists of minimally processed foods as close to their natural state as possible. Experts agree this is a smart way to eat, as it encourages nutritious options from all the food groups."

- Chrissy Carroll, RD, MPH

What to Eat

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts, seeds and beans
  • Milk and some dairy products
  • Meat, poultry and seafood
  • Minimally processed foods

What Not to Eat

  • Prepared and ready-to-eat foods
  • Heavily processed food
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Foods with added sugars

In Summary

A whole-foods diet is a way of eating that promotes a sustainable eating lifestyle and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Regardless of the type of whole-foods diet you choose, adopting this way of eating is sure to boost your health.

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