Understanding Whole Foods

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Understanding Whole Foods

“Unprocessed,” “natural,” “real food” – no matter what you call them, whole foods are key players in a healthy diet. They pack a higher nutrient density than their processed alternatives because they come straight from Mother Nature herself, in their natural form, with minimal processing and additives.

Whole Food Benefits

Because whole foods are virtually untouched by industry, they have all of their naturally occurring nutrients. For example:

  • When you eat whole grains, you load up on fiber from the intact bran and germ
  • When you eat fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, you get their full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and phytonutrients – in their original proportions
  • When you eat whole, raw nuts and seeds, you boost your protein, fiber, and micronutrient intake without adding sodium, coloring, or bad fats to your diet

Healthy Whole Food Swaps

To rev up your diet, swap your usual staples for healthier whole food alternatives. Great swaps include:

  • Baked potato with herbs in place of fries
  • Spaghetti squash in place of regular pasta
  • Steel-cut oats in place of instant oatmeal
  • Fresh apple slices in place of apple sauce
  • Wild rice in place of white rice
  • Cucumber & hummus in place of crackers & cheese

Find Your Balance

As healthy as whole foods are, they’re not always an option. When limited access or dietary restrictions prevent you from eating the whole foods you want, natural health products can offer a quality alternative.